Four policemen, seven others killed in Ondo robbery

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The ancient city of Ikare Akoko in Ondo State was on Tuesday rattled by armed robbers, who raided a bank, leaving 11 persons dead.

An eyewitness said the robbers, who came dressed in army uniforms, stormed the bank located at the heart of the town at about 1pm and held the town hostage for about four hours.

It was learnt that the robbers arrived on the bank premises in two vehicles painted in army colours.

They were said to have shot at the riot policemen at the bank, killing four of them, while a 10-year old girl was found dead near the bank.

The eyewitnesses said, “We also saw six other persons lying lifeless around the ATM area of the bank.”

It was learnt the robbers spent time ransacking the bank and used dynamites to destroy the bank’s vault before making away with unspecified amount of money.

Residents were said to have deserted the streets while the robbery lasted and many refused to return to the area after the robbery.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Wole Ogodo, told our correspondent that while the news of the robbery had reached the command, it was difficult to get the details of the incident.

“I know you are calling in respect of the robbery incident, but I don’t have details right now.

“We have been busy at the airport because the President is on his way from Ekiti to Abuja,” Ogodo said.

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