Residents of Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State, have been thrown into grief and sorry as dare devil armed robbers, numbering more than 30, were said to have attacked two commercial banks in the area and in the process killed four people, among a young man about to wed.
Otun Ekiti is the headquarters of Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Others killed during the robbery included a bank manager, a cashier and a palace guard.
It was gathered that the deceased security guard – about to wed- whose fiancé is heavily pregnant had barely resumed for duty when the robbers struck on Thursday about 6pm.
Eyewitnesses revealed that the bandits also attacked the palace of the community’s monarch and a petrol station.
They were said to have divided themselves into four subgangs to ensure that the attacks were successful and reportedly made away with huge amount of money from the banks and the petrol station.
Many residents of the community were said to have been injured during the attacks, with gunshot wounds, are receiving treatment in hospitals.
The Oore of Otun, who is also the paramount ruler of Moba land, Oba Adedapo Oladele Popoola, said he thought Boko Haram militants had invaded the town when he heard loud bangs of explosives used by the robbers during the attack which lasted for about an hour.
“I was relaxing with my chiefs in front of the palace when we heard what first sound, which was like some fireworks but we dismissed it as some of the children’s antics as a result of the festive period,” he narrated.
“Later, we heard heavier and more deafening noise that sounded like gunshots and explosives. That was when we realised it was no child’s play.
“Gunshots and explosives were all over the place and heard from all corners. I couldn’t situate the incident as we ruminated whether it was robbery, Boko Haram’s attack or some kind of war happening.
“We later learnt that the robbers stationed their men at the four entrances of the town.
“The first place they were stationed was the roundabout at Erinmope Road, the second was outside Moba Local Government Secretariat, the third was in front of my palace and the fourth was in front of the Technical College outside the town on the way leading to Kwara State.
“The sporadic gunshots and explosives lasted for about an hour before the dust settled. And by that time four innocent people were lying dead.
“The manager and a cashier of a new generation bank, a security man at the second new generation bank and my night guard who had just resumed for night duty and wanted to close the gate were the victims.
“I reported the case to the Governor and he immediately called me. The Governor quickly mobilised security operatives who promptly acted on his instruction and came around past 7pm but the robbers had long left.”
Meanwhile, Spokesman of the state’s police command, Alberto Adeyemi confirmed the incident revealing that investigation into the robbery had commenced.
He stated that the remains of the victims have been deposited at the General Hospital in Usi Ekiti.