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Fear in Oke-Ogun as Robbers Threaten to Attack Banks in Oyo

There is palpable fear in Iseyin town and some other parts of Oke-Ogun over imminent robbery attacks after a warning letter sent by anonymous gang of robbers, to financial institutions in the neighbouring Oyo Town of the state.

According to reports, this fear has resulted in early closure of banks and a drastic limit on their operations in Iseyin and some other towns in Oke-Ogun to protect themselves.

The letter written to one of the major banks in Owode area of Oyo town told the bank to expect their invasion and this has caused other outlets of the bank to be operating spatially, over the fear of possible robbery.

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A source stated that when other commercial banks, especially those located in the Oke-Ogun area got wind of the letter, they met with the police authority and were told to ‘use their discretion’ as the police had no capacity to face bank robbers.

The source added that even the 12 pm closure was risky, judging from what the security agency told the team that contacted them.

According to the source, “There is nothing anybody can do, we heard that robbers sent a letter to a popular commercial bank at Owode in Oyo town and our superiors went to meet with the DPO in Iseyin, he said the vehicles the police have could not even be used to chase armed robbers.

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“Experiences that we have of bank robberies show that these daredevil robbers have superior firepower than our security agencies.

“So, as the police said, it is better to use our discretion. The letter to the bank at Oyo might even be a diversionary tactic to make security agencies concentrate at Oyo, while they come to our area”, he added.

As gathered, previous bank robberies in Iseyin were greeted by loss of lives. It would be recalled that no fewer than three people were killed in 2007 when armed robbers attacked a bank, located in the Barracks area of the town. A traffic police officer was said to have been killed in 2012 during another attack on a bank in the Oluwole area of the town. Two of the robbers were reportedly killed by policemen later.

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Another case of bank robbery took place at Okeho, Kajola Local Government, near Iseyin in 2020

In the meantime, efforts to get the response of the police were abortive as phone calls to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Iseyin Divisional Police Headquarters, Okutapemo, were unsuccessful.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Adewale Osifeso, could not also be reached on his mobile phone for comment.

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