By: Ade Adeleke
Following a bloody bank armed robbery at Idoani in Ose Council area where six people lost their lives, Security has been beefed up in all the banking zones across the eighteen local government areas of Ondo state.
This is just as a special meeting between security agencies and bank managers has been summoned to fashion out strategies of curbing further attacks on commercial institutions and their customers.
The date of the meeting was not however declosed for security reasons.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie disclosed this to newsmen while parading five suspected kidnappers at the police headquarters, Igbatoro road in Akure.
The police commissioner said Ondo state had remained peaceful until last week when two armed robberies were recorded in Akure that claimed life of an Anglican Bursar and another armed attack on a first generation bank at Idoani town.
On Thursday last week, the Anglican Bursar, Gabriel Abiodun was killed by armed robbers inside the church office near banking zone at Alagbaka Akure and took away #500,000 he withdrew from a new generation bank and the same day, the paymaster of the Ondo state ministry of Agriculture, Mr Abiodun was attacked by armed robbers at the gate of the ministry and also made away with #500,000 he just withdrew from another bank at Alagbaka.
It was reported yesterday that some commercial banks in Akokoland did not open for business even as customers were stranded.
The development was attributed to fear of attacks from those who perpetrated Idoani’s first bank attack.
The commissioner noted that some arrest had been made in connection with the incidents.
Mr Adie assured the public and bank customers that there was no cause for apprehension as more policemen had been detailed to provide security at flashpoints in and around banking zones in major towns across the state.
He said, “in this command, we will not allow such robbery to go unpunished. On the incident at Idoani, we have reinforced security in this area and other parts of the state especially banking areas; just as we are seriously progressing with our investigation. We are in the process of holding meeting with bank managers, we call it bankers’ forum”.
On the six suspects, the Police Commissioner said they were the suspected kidnappers who has been terrorising Akoko area of the state, adding that they would soon been charged to court.