By Nwangwu Uba
Barely three days after the bursar of the Akure Diocese of the Church of Nigerian, Anglican Communion ,Ondo state, Gabriel Kola Abiodun, was killed by, an alleged eleven -man gang , suspected to be armed robbers after allegedly going to Bank to withdraw money , another criminal gang attacked a branch of first generation Bank , First Banki branch, n Idoani town, Ose local government Area, an indication of a reign of robbers in the state.
The robbers appear to have thrown a challenge to Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, the acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, who is equal to the task , to tighten up security around public institutions , particular Banks. Security experts believe that the robbers may chosen a wrong time to attack a branch of the first generation bank in the south west state as Adamu, the no nonsense IGP, would fish them from their hiding place.
As a prelude to tracking them out from their hiding, The Value News learnt that the acting IGP , has given a matching order to Undie Adie, the state Commissioner of police, to get the robbers who are on the run.It was gathered that no sooner than information filtered out the robbery incident than the Commissioner mobilised his anti robbery officers into action.
Femi Joseph, a Superintendent of Police and the police Command Image maker reportedly said that one of the suspects has been arrested in connection with the robbery attack in the Idoani town. The suspect, according to him , is helping the state Police Command in their investigations to track the other fleeing robbers.
Ondo state is one of the closest states to Edo, the home state of the
This is why Adie , the Ondo state Commissioner of Police, may have to cooperate with Olusegun Odumosun , his counterpart in Edo and other states in the south west, particular Zubairu Mu’azu, the Commissioner in-charge of Lagos state , who has a track record, to fish out the robbers from their hiding.
A security expert who spoke to The Value News has advised other Commissioners of Police from other states in the region not to see the Bank robbery incident in Idoani town as an Ondo state Police Command matter but the Force Challenge.
This is why they must mobilise their anti-robbery personnel, SARS, to join forces with the Ondo SARS to track the hoodlums in their hide out in any part of the region through exchange of information.
The Idoani Bank robbers, were said to have escaped through a nearby bush in the area with an unspecified amount of money stolen from the bank vault. But A Customer was said to have lose N4.3 million to the robbers. Note that shortly after their escape, soldiers arrived the town but there was no much they could do as people were afraid to give out clues on how to track them through the bush for fear of being arrested.
Recall that the robbers had stormed Bank on the Monday, April 8, Afternoon, shooting sporadically, to scare the Bank officials, customers and security personnel away. They were said to have gained access into the Banking Hall by using explosive devices , suspected to be dynamites, to broke the security doors.
Eye witness account said the robbers shot and killed about seven people ,including the Bank Staff, a Police Inspector, who may have been caught unawares before he could cork his gun to fight back and Customers, using the Automated Teller Machine , ATM, to withdraw money at the time. Snippets from the town said several other people sustained bullet wounds and are presently on admission at the Intensive Care Unit at the only government General Hospital in the town receiving treatment.
Many believe that that the Authority had installed Close Circuit Television, CCTV, in the Bank Manager’s office, he should have been able to know when the robbers entered the premises to rob , to quickly alert the police at the Divisional Headquarters for re-enforcement to nip their action on the bud. Banks should see it as part of their security measures to install CCTV in their premises to decipher strange faces entering the banking for other ulterior motives than coming for Bank transactions.
Being hi s first major security challenge in the state,Adie, the state Commissioner of Police in the state, may have assured the people of his determination to smoke out the robbers from their hideouts as he has appealed to them , particular ,residents of Idoani, to be ”law abiding and remain calm. Appealing to them not to entertain fears , he disclosed that, the”. Police are on top of the situation”
At present, the First Bank branch in the