Armed Robbers Raid 5 Banks, Kill Many In Kwara State
Pandemonium ensued the ancient city of Owode in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, as fully armed robbers attacked five commercial banks in the community on Thursday evening.
They killed some policemen and residents including some customers who were transacting businesses in the banks, and carted away an undisclosed amount of cash in the process, leaving others with various degrees of injuries.
The heavily armed bandits stormed the peaceful and calm community of Offa around 4:30pm in about seven-vehicle convoy, shooting sporadically into the air and made their ways to some banks.
They were said to have used explosive devices to break into the banks including Zenith Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), First Bank and others.
The bandits numbering at least 15, according to sources, stationed themselves at strategic locations within the town while the operation lasted.
Reports have it that the men of the underworld operated for about an hour unchallenged after blocking the Ilorin and Osogbo entrances into the town before leaving through Igosun axis of the community.
It was also gathered that the armed bandits first approached the Offa Divisional Police Station on entering the ancient town, killing policemen on duty among other people at the station, before raiding the commercial banks and killing people by shooting them in the head.
Among those killed by the dare devil men of the underworld were a police officer who was expected to retire in the next few months and a pregnant police woman.
As at the time filing this report, the actual number of casualties was yet to be ascertained, it was gathered that security personnel believed to be attached to the banks were killed by the hoodlums.
Residents scampered for safety as the Owode Police Station was overpowered by the heavily armed bandits.
Findings revealed that a robbery incidence of this magnitude occurred in Offa in December, 2013, where about seven policemen, and three civilians were Killed.
It was reported then that the robbers also attacked the Owode Divisional Police station, overpowered the policemen on duty and freed some detainees.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the bank raid, said that victims included policemen and other individuals, and that details on the incident would be made after a full investigation.