Police confirm death of 7 in Osun bank robbery

Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police has confirmed the death of four policemen and three civilians in the bank robbery that took place at Apomu/Ikire on Wednesday evening. 

According to the spokesperson of the command, SP Yemisi Opalola, armed robbers numbering about 35 stormed the towns around 6:10pm in attempt to rob banks. 

Opalola explained that four policemen, ASP Osho Oluranti, Inspector Lekan Olalere, Two Special Constabularies; namely Oladeni Olalekan, and Oyedeji Muyideen were shot dead in an efforts to repel the robbers. 

She explained that further that the robbers shot sporadically to escape and their bullet hit Toheeb Oyebola, Temilorun Adebiyi and one other man whose identity could not be ascertained. 

“The Armed Robbers numbering about 35 came in about 5 vehicles, simultaneously attacked Ikire Divisional Police HQ and the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) pinned down at Ikoyi-Osun with several explosive devices and several gun firing in a bid to subdue the capacity of the Police while attempting to Rob First Bank Ikire and Access Bank Apomu respectively.

“On sighting the overwhelming Policemen Comprising: Prompt response Response Unit (PRU), CP’s Surveillance team, IRT Operatives, STS, 39 PMF, JTF, along with the local Security outfits,who swiftly engaged them in a fierce gun duel, the Robbers began to flee. 

“While escaping, they shot sporadically, and regrettably three Civilians were shot namely; Toheeb Oyebola, Temilorun Adebiyi and one other, (whose identity is not yet known), all male.

“The assailants fled to the bush with gun shot wounds, abandoning two of the operational vehicles they came with. They did not succeed robbing any of the banks,” Opalola stated. 

She said that corpses of the deceased have been deposited at Oluyoro Catholic Hospital morgue, Apomu, while efforts are ongoing to apprehend the fleeing suspects.