Dare devil robbers dressed in military uniforms invaded Agbara Estate in Ogun State at about 7am on Thursday for the first time in the estate’s 37-year history.
A statement signed by Agbara Estates Limited and made available to Qed.ng said “The target of the attack was Zenith Bank on Bank Road, where the vault and various ATMs were looted. There are two fatalities reported (two police guards at the bank).”
Spokesperson for Ogun State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed that the robbers came in through Badagry-Ilasha road, however gave a different casualty figure.
He said: “Their intention was to raid all the banks on that road. But we gave them a hot fight. They were only able to enter one of the banks. Only one policeman, who tried to repel them, was felled by the bullets.
“No arrest has been made for now but some of them escaped with bullet wounds. They launched an attack on our APC but we were able to force them to flee the scene. They used dynamite to blow up one of their operational vehicles before leaving the scene while we recovered the second one.
“We, hereby, appeal to members of the public, especially hospital staff and traditional healing homes, to avail us with information on patients with bullets wounds. We are also assuring the people of Agbara in particular and Ogun State in general that more policemen have been deployed to ensure their safety, particularly as we approach the Yuletide.”
Some of the robbers were said to have stationed themselves in front of ATMs located at the banks raided.
The Cable quotes a residence identified as Segun Olumuyiwa as saying “I don’t know if it’s the police that engaged them in shooting but the bullets kept flying all over. We had to lie on the floor for nearly two hours.”
“Agbara Estates is carrying out an immediate review of its security operations and is collaborating with the local authorities and police force to prevent any such incident happening again on the Estate,” the estate management said.