A female bank worker has lost her life while two other persons sustained injuries after a gang of armed robbers attacked a branch of a commercial bank in Iju town, in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Tuesday.
It was gathered that the female bank official simply identified as Kemi was shot dead by the armed robbers who also carted away an undisclosed amount of money.
The bandits struck the bank, which is located along Akure-Ado Ekiti expressway, around 2:30 p.m. and started shooting discriminately.
An eyewitness said the robbers appeared from Ado Ekiti axis of the road and went straight to the bank.
According to the eyewitness, the robbery operation lasted for over 30 minutes without any interruption from security agents. The location of the robbed bank is said to be less than one kilometre to the Iju Divisional Police Station.
The eyewitness said,
“When they entered into the town, there were gunshots everywhere around the bank area. The residents of the area had to run for safety.
“On entering into the premises of the bank, the robbers blew up the bank’s bullet-proof door with dynamite to gain entrance into the banking hall after which they stole money.”
Another source said the robbers shot dead the female official immediately they entered into the premises of the bank
“Three people were the victims of the robbery attack; one female bank worker, one customer and other people in the banking hall. The banker worker died instantly while the others were injured.
“The robber went away with three big bags full of money and drove towards Ado Ekiti.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said the men of the command were already on their trail.
“We can confirm that one person died in the operation. Our men engaged them in a shoot-out, they had to abandon the vehicle they brought to the area and ran into the bush.
“Our men are already combing the bush and I am sure they would be arrested. We have commenced an investigation into the incident.” Joseph said.
It was gathered that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Iju while the injured were also said to receiving treatment at the hospital.