By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Police Command has confirmed that two police inspectors were shot dead during Tuesday’s robbery attack on a commercial bank in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of the state.
The officers, Inspectors Ogunbiyi Ahmed and Odeyemi Ayinla, were shot dead during the hot pursuit of the fleeing bandits.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Yemisi Opalola in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo on Wednesday disclosed that the armed robbers numbering about 20 came in commando-like style with about four vehicles and started their operations around 2:55pm and simultaneously attacked Iragbiji Divisional Police Headquarters and the commercial bank.
Opalola stated further that the robbers launched an explosive device in an attempt to disorganize, incapacitate and destabilize the police who were in a fierce gun battle with them while robbing the bank.
The statement reads further: “As a result, some parts of Divisional Police Headquarters was damaged. The daredevils also shot at a Police Armoured Personnel Carrier tyres with explosive devices.
“The robbers in a bid to gain entry into the bank blew off its security door with dynamite. ATM machine was also destroyed but an attempt to break into the bank strong room was foiled.
“The robbers on sighting the policemen comprising police tactical teams with local security outfits who promptly engaged them in a fierce gun duel took to a flight and abandoned their unexploded dynamites and two of their vehicles.
“The Police, jointly with local security outfits have been combing the bushes in a bid to arrest the robbers, believed to have escaped with multiple injuries.”
The Commissioner of Police Olawale Olokode, has therefore enjoined the people of the state to cooperate and collaborate with the Police by giving prompt and useful information to nip in the bud all criminal activities before incidents occur, saying ‘prevention is better than cure’.
The CP also appealed to members of the public to inform the Police of any suspected person or persons with gunshot/bullet wounds.