- An alarm was raised in Osun state on Wednesday, April 18, that hoodlums tried to force their way into one of the banks in the state
- This caused confusion in Ilesa, Ijebu Jesa and adjoining towns as banks in these towns hurriedly closed for business
- A bank customer said that some hoodlums were prevented from entering the affected bank by security agents
There was confusion in Ilesa, Ijebu Jesa and adjoining towns in Osun state on Wednesday, April 18, as banks in these towns received information that hoodlums were trying to force their way into one of the commercial banks in the state, forcing them to hurriedly close for business.
Many bank customers who were trying to use the Automated Teller Machine fled upon receiving the report, while banks shut their gates and prevented people from going in, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that a worker at one of the banks stated that the hoodlums were prevented from entering the affected bank by security agents.
The bank worker, who craved anonymity, said: “We saw some people running and panicking this morning. We were told that some hoodlums were making an attempt to rob a bank. That caused serious panic and we hurriedly closed and asked our customers to also run.
“I heard two gunshots. But I later learnt that the shots were fired by policemen who were responding to the crisis. The area was tense because of the recent attack on some banks in Offa. Nobody wants to die; that was why we left work earlier today. I am speaking to you now from my house.”
The commissioner of police in Osun state, Fimiha Adeoye, however, said that the alarm was a false alarm.
He said: “There was no robbery attack anywhere in Osun state. Somebody just raised a false alarm to cause panic; there is no problem anywhere at all.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian police on Friday, Apri 13, revealed the identities of 12 suspects who were arrested for alleged connection to brutal robbery in Offa, Kwara state.
The bandits had stormed the community on April 5, killing 17 people and raiding five banks in the process. Eight police officers at Owode Division, Offa, were also killed in the attack, and the robbers made away with police arms and ammunition.
The police arrested seven suspects within the first two days of the attack, and made more arrests on later dates.
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