Four police officers and three civilians have been killed in two separate attempts to rob two banks in Ikire/Apomu areas in Osun state.
The incident happened on Wednesday, June 2 at about 6.10 pm in Osun state. The robbers were reportedly 35 in number and had first attacked Ikire Divisional Police HQ and the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) pinned down at Ikoyi-Osun with several explosive devices and several guns.
In a statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin, the robbers were engaged in a gun duel which led to the killing of three civilians.
”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 (3) Civilians were shot namely; Toheeb Oyebola, Temilorun Adebiyi, and one other, (whose identity is not yet known), all-male. They did not succeed robbing any of the Banks.” She said.
Some of the police officers killed during the attack as ASP Osho Oluranti, Inspector Lekan Olalere, Two (2) Special Constabularies; namely Oladeni Olalekan, and Oyedeji Muyideen.
Bodies of the deceased persons have been deposited at Oluyoro Catholic Hospital morgue, Apomu while efforts are being made to apprehend the culprits.