Dare devil armed robbers on Wednesday attacked five banks in the ancient city of Owo, capital of Owo local government area of Ondo state, and killed six people including a bank manager and his assistant.
This Day reports that the robbers killed the manager of a branch of Wema Bank and his assistant during the operation after they allegedly refused to co-operate. The identities of the bank officials killed could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report.
The armed robbers are understood to have stormed the town at about 4pm and fired sporadically into the air till they got to the heart of the town where they robbed five branches of new generation banks in the town and injured many staff.
The armed robbers carted away an undisclosed amount of money from their attacks on the banks. Apart from the two bank employees, four residents of the town were reported shot dead, while others sustained serious injuries.
The robbery sparked a protest as residents of the town took to the street alleging a political dimension to the development.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the armed robbers stormed the town through Owo-Abuja express road and moved straight to the heart of the town where major commercial banks are situated.
The source, who is a resident of the town, said the armed robbers escaped arrest despite the presence of police officers at the scene of the attacks.
When the state police spokesman, Wole Ogodo, was contacted, he confirmed the robberies, saying: “last night men of the state police command had been deployed to the town to enforce orderliness. Details of the incident are still sketchy. I can only give you details of the robbery incident when our man deployed to the town communicates with me,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lindaikeji reported that it was three commercial banks that were attacked.
She listed the banks to include First Bank, Wema Bank and Skye Bank.
Armed robbers seem to have switched their attention to banks. Men dressed in army uniforms stormed the First City Monument Bank in Lekki, Lagos, late in the afternoon of March 12, shooting and killing several people.