Kola Sodipo, the Commissioner of Police in Osun State, on Saturday said two policemen were killed during a bank robbery in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state on Friday.
Sodipo, who disclosed this at a news conference in Osogbo, said two bank officials were also killed by the dare-devil robbers during the operation.
He said the deceased were the first target of the robbers on arrival.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a gang of armed robbers invaded Skye Bank, First Bank and Union Bank in Ikirun on Friday evening.
The police boss, who said swift response by the police foiled the robbery operation, noted that four of the robbers were killed, while four were arrested.
Sodipo said: “It would be recalled that on February 12, at 15:45 hour, a distress call was received that men suspected to be armed robbers Invaded Skye Bank, First Bank and Union Bank located on the same street in Ikirun.
“Swift response by the police repelled the attack.”
Sodipo gave the names of the suspects arrested as Aderibigbe Oluwaseun, 23; Ndubusi David, 21; Ayuba Salisu, 26; and Nuhu Jimoh, 21.
Sodipo said that the police recovered N7,486,300 from the hoodlums.
He added that three AK riffles with 124 rounds of ammunition, one assault rifle with 12 rounds live ammunition, expended shells of ammunition and dynamite were also recovered.
Sodipo said one standby Nissan sunny car, which robbers wanted to use for escape, was also recovered.
He said he had visited the scene of the robbery for on the spot assessment with his bomb disposal unit to sweep the affected area and to detect and recover undetonated improvised Explosive Devices.
“A diligent investigation is ongoing for the arrest of other syndicate members,” Sodipo said. The arrested robbers were presented to newsmen with the money and ammunition recovered.