No fewer than three suspected members of an armed robbery gang who stormed a bank in Okeho, a town in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, were on Wednesday set ablaze by angry mob.
The armed robbers who went to the bank in an 18-seater bus made entry to the banking hall.
They arrived the bank around 4:58 pm in an attempt to cart away deposits from the bank.
It was, however, learnt that after the operation, the vehicle had an accident and somersaulted.
This made some angry mob to set three of the armed robbers ablaze.
Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi confirmed the incident.
Fadeyi in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday added that the armed robbers who gained entrance into the bank used dynamites and AK-47 riffles to blow the bank security door.
Fadeyi in the statement issued on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu said, “The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, psc wishes to state that today 29th July, 2020 at about 1658hrs, there was a bank robbery in which daredevil armed bandits who came with white 18-seater bus invaded First bank Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State with an intent to rob.
“The armed robbers who gained entrance into the bank used dynamites and AK-47 riffles shots to blow the bank security door. The robbery which was responded to by the Police Tactical teams and collaborative efforts of the Vigilante and hunters yielded results.
“Consequent upon this, three (3) of the robbers who were arrested when the 18-seater bus had an accident and somersaulted, were thereafter set ablaze by the angry mob when they attempted to escape the scene of the accident.
“Immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the dastardly acts, he further directed that all the Police Tactical teams including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mobile Police Force (PMF 72) and Police personnel from Okeho Area Command and nearby Divisions to be on the trail of other members of the fleeing robbers who escaped in different directions.
“The Commissioner of Police while condemning this dastardly act assures the good citizens of Oyo State of the Police preparedness to protect lives and properties before, during and after the Sallah celebrations.
“He urged the good people of Oyo State to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation or threat from any quarters as the Police is on top of the situation, while he solicits credible information from members of the public to enable us clamp down on crimes and criminalities in Oyo State”.