A branch of WEMA bank located in Iyin-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti State was on Friday attacked by a gang of armed robbers.
It is understood that the 6-man gang of robbers arrived the community around 3.30pm, blasted open the security doors of the bank with materials suspected to be dynamite, operated for about 40 minutes unchallenged by security operatives, and finally escaped with millions of naira.
Reports gathered about the attack has it that the robbers shot sporadically into the air to scare residents and traders located in the area away before gaining entry into the banking hall.
Residents and passers-by scampered for safety as the thieves rained gunshots while vehicles travelling in that direction stopped or turned back while the operation lasted so as not to get caught in the gunfire.
“In fact, the police disappointed us. They disappointed the people of Iyin today. The robbers robbed for over 40 minutes without any challenge.
“They came in two vehicles , shot into the air and scared the people around away. In fact, those in the nearby market left their commodities and ran for their lives.
“The police station along Igede Ekiti was not up to 500 metres while the police patrol point along Ado Ekiti should be a kilometre away, but none of them responded for over 40 minutes the robbers operated.
“But we thank God nobody was killed, but the agony of the gunshots was too much on the locals,” a witness was quoted by The Nation to have said after the robbers left.
The incident has been confirmed by the Police in Ekiti State, noting that operatives have been deployed in the area while the escaped robbers are been chased.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, said the thieves will be apprehended and brought to justice.
“We got a distress call from Iyin Ekiti about the robbery and we immediately dispatched our men and officers to the place.
“I want to confirm to you that the robbers are being chased as I speak with you and the determination is to effect their arrest.
“We are assuring the people that the hoodlums shall be arrested and brought to justice. Ekiti is not a safe haven for robbers and that we shall continue to sustain,” he said.