Armed Robbery: Banks Still Shut In Ijebu Ode


Banks across Ijebu land remain close as the management of the banks have insisted that they will not start operation until adequate security is provided for them in the area.

It is almost two weeks now that banks across Ijebuland, which consists of six local government council areas, including Sagamu, have been closed down for operation due to incessant attacks by armed robbers.

Recently, armed robbers stormed Babcock University in Ilishan- Remo and a few days later, attacked two banks in Ijebu Imushin and Ijebu Igbo, where they carted away an undisclosed amount of money.

Our correspondent gathered that an emergency security meeting was held yesterday at the palace of the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, Ogbagba II, to find a lasting solution to the robbery attacks, which has made many people to lose hope in government to provide adequate security in the areas.

In attendance were traditional obas and Chiefs from all the six local government, police officials from the state police command, Eleweran and Zone 2 in Lagos and some of the banks top officials.

A source at the meeting informed our correspondent that the banks officials, while appreciating the role played so far by Awujale and the traditional obas in council, insisted that they will not reopen until adequate security is provided.

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According to the source, “the bankers appreciate the Obas for their fatherly role in ensuring that they re-open their banks, but appeal to them to talk to the governor to fulfil his promise of providing armoured tank for them with the already Hilux Jeeps available.”

One of the bank officials, who was at the meeting, told our correspondent that the governor is yet to provide armoured tank for the banks in the area

“We are not saying that the government is not bothered with the situation of things, what we are telling them is to please provide the tank to support the Hilux Jeeps which are on ground now. These boys are desperate, no one knows their next plans,” the bank official said.

As at the time of filling this report, some bank officials from their headquarters are meeting with some police chiefs on how to find a lasting solution to the attack which has caused unnecessary hardship on the people in the area.

Few banks like FCMB, First bank and Oceanic banks are the only banks that have their ATM machines loaded with money. And many customers were seen waiting on long queues to withdraw money from the machine.

—Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta

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