Armed robbers Thursday stormed four banks, bombed the bullet proof doors and shot dead a police officer identified as Atama, in a 30-minute robbery operations in Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State. They carted away millions of Naira and injured many.
Report says they stormed the banks in three vehicles at about 9.50 a.m, shot sporadically into the air on arrival to scare people away and broke into five different gangs to attack the four banks while the remaining gang attacked the Secretariat of Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-oluwa branch of the Nigeria Patents and Medicine Dealers Association, NPMDA.
The NPMDA Secretariat was said to be the target of the gang because of its strategic location coupled with the knowledge that it is a hide-out for security men attached to the banks.
According to the Chairman of NPMDA in Iwo, Mr. Lukman Hussen, members were saved from bloodbath because they only hold their meetings at the Secretariat on Fridays.
The Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Solomon Olusegun who confirmed the robbery attack said that the command was on top of the situation.
Bank robbery has been a major source of social concern in Nigeria, an oil-rich nation plagued by unemployment, for more than a decade. It has gone from the reported fifteen Lagos banks that were robbed in the year 2000 to a national problem. Despite government attempts to stem the tide, available statistics show the problem to be on the rise instead of abating.