15th May, 2013
Armed robbers on Tuesday raided three banks in Omu-Aran, Kwara State, killing three people before escaping with an unspecified amount of money.
The banks’ invasion was reported to have started some minutes after six in the evening as sporadic gun shots rent the air in an operation that lasted for more than an hour.
According to an eye witness account, the armed robbers, who were about 20 in number, first attacked the police division and the barracks, deflating the tyres of the police armoured personnel carrier parked outside.
The robbers were said to have thereafter invaded the banks located on Aperan Way in the town, using grenades and dynamites to break the doors and the banks’ vaults.
An accountant with the Union bank identified as Gade and a driver were felled by the armed robbers’ bullets.
Also a member of the town’s vigilance team identified as Dapo , Alias Igbin, was also gunned down before the armed robbers escaped with the unspecified amount of money.
Meanwhile, youths in the town in their hundreds stormed the Omu-Aran Police Division as well as the Area Commander’s office to protest the armed robbery invasion.
They hauled stones and other missiles at the station for the failure of the police to respond to the invasions by the robbers.
A police patrol vehicle was also set ablaze by the rampaging youths, forcing the police to shoot tear-gas canister to disperse them.