By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The incessant assaults on banks in lkare-Akoko, Ondo State, in recent times by armed robbers have not only come with just robbery but with attack on innocent persons and killings. At least 21 persons died in the robbery attack on commercial banks in the area including four policemen and a schoolboy.
This dastardly attack on the people and the banks have led the management of the affected banks to now resolve to relocate their branches from the ancient town, leaving the area to her fate.
Investigation carried out by WESTERN POST on some the banks’ Area Heads in Ikare-Akoko revealed that the managements are now concluding plans to finally relocate from the town and pitch their tents elsewhere soon.
Speaking with WESTERN POST recently during the town hall meeting and prayer session organised in the ancient town over the robbery incidents, a manager of one of the affected banks (name withheld) said top officials of the bank have now taken a decision to relocate elsewhere.
“Our branch has always been under attack every now and then by these men of the underworld. Their mission, it would appear, is to wreck havoc on the banks and the community; this is devilish,” he said.
An official of another bank in the town (names withheld) also spoke in the same vein, saying the bank is now left with no choice other than to relocate.
Meanwhile, the attack on the banks has paralysed economic activities in the town as some youths organizations were seen demonstrating and protesting over the incident..
As early as 8 am on Wednesday, January 22, 2015, the protesters had trooped out in their hundreds, praying and demonstrating around Oja-Oba and calling on God to expose the evil doers. All the roads leading to the town were blocked, schools,markets and filling stations were not opened.
Some claimed some traditional religious worshippers offered sacrifice to appease the gods and prevent any occurrence of such armed robbery incident, but contrary to that, two elders of the town, Alhaji Kilani and Chief Leke Ologungboye, said what the people did was to organise prayer sessions and protests in order to call on government to build an army barrack in the town, which they believe will help in reducing insecurity.