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By: Ade Adeleke
Commercial banks today reopened for transaction after shutting down for 24hours yesterday in most parts of Akoko area of Ondo state.
Following Monday’s bloody bank robbery at Idoani in Ose local government area of Ondo state, residents of Akokoland, neighbouring communities to Ose Council area were in a rude shock yesterday when commercial banks in Ikare and some other parts of the area shut down their doors to customers.
Some of them who spoke with SUNSHINE TRUTH at Ikare Akoko attributed the closure of banks to fear of armed robbery attacks.
They lamented that there was an apprehension everywhere, because of fear of unknown.
One of them, a trader Mrs Aina Ayoola said, “we just got to this place this morning, like four banks in this area in Ikare are shut without any explanation from the authorities to customers; No transaction is going on in this bank now”.
A banker who refused to mention his name attributed to yesterday’s bank robbery at Idoani where some people lost their lives.
However, the commercial banks in Akokoland reopened today after customers were stranded yesterday.
Our correspondent in Ikare gathered that due to insecurity and poor condition of basic amenities like road network in Akoko, many banks had permanently closed their branches in most towns thereby forcing customers to rely on banks in Ikare, Akungba and Oka Akoko for transactions.
A bank manager who spoke under the condition of anonymity, attributed the resumption of bank operations in Akoko to a favourable security report.