6th August, 2021
By Kazeem Ugbodaga
The Osun State Police Commissioner, Olawale Olokode on Friday gave detail account of how 20 armed robbers invaded two banks in the state, carted away huge sums of money and killed one policeman.
Robbers struck at Iree area of Osun on Thursday and successfully robbed two banks in the area before fleeing into the bush.
He said the robbers first of all threw some explosives at the police station just to incapacitate the police before they commenced robbery, saying that at the end of this, one special constabulary was killed, in attempt to cart away weapons, which was not successful.
Olokode explained that the operation was simultaneous-the police station and the two banks, meaning that the armed robbers would have been about 20 for such to happen at the same time.
He disclosed that an unspecified amount of money was carted away by the robbers and that they operated in four vehicles.
The police CP said at the approach of his tactical team, led by him, the robbers fled, adding that in their pursuit, they had to hurriedly abandon four of the operational vehicles and entered a nearby bush on foot.
He said the police, in conjunction with local security, particularly the hunters and OPC entered into the bush, saying that they embarked on a serious manhunt for the robbers, but that they could not pursue them further at a point.
Olokode said the police saw some ammunition in the vehicles abandoned by the robbers.
The CP added that the police still believed that the operation was not without the knowledge of the indigenes who knew the community very well, especially the bush they entered.
He said the police were working assiduously to get them arrested