Inspectors Ogunbiyi Ahmed and Odeyemi Ayinla of the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police were two of the police officers killed in Tuesday’s armed robbery attacks at Wema Bank, Iragbiji, and the Iragbiji Divisional Police Headquarters in the state’s Boripe Local Government Area.
According to a press release signed by the command’s Spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, about twenty armed robbers arrived in commando style with about four vehicles at about 2:55 p.m. and attacked Iragbiji Divisional Police Headquarters and Wema Bank Iragbiji at the same time.
The bandits stormed both locations, she said, with sporadic firing and the use of explosive devices in an attempt to disorganize, incapacitate, and destabilize the police, who were engaged in a gun war with them.
Some elements of the Divisional Police Headquarters were also damaged, according to Opalola.
“The daredevils also used explosive devices to shoot at the tyres of a Police Armoured Personnel Carrier.
“In an attempt to obtain admission into the bank, the robbers used explosives to blow off the security door and destroy the ATM machine, but an attempt to enter into the bank strong room was foiled,” she claimed.
She added that the officers were killed as they engaged the fleeing armed thieves in a high-speed chase.
“When the thieves saw the police officers, who were made up of police tactical teams and local security outfits, who immediately engaged them in a heated gun battle, they fled and abandoned their unexploded explosives and two vehicles.
“The police have been combing the bushes with local security organizations in an attempt to apprehend the bandits, who are reported to have escaped with multiple injuries,” she said.
According to Opalola, the Police Commissioner is urging the people of the state to constantly cooperate and collaborate with the police in the field of providing timely and relevant information that will aid in the prevention of criminal activities.
She also asked the public to provide information to the command about any suspected individual or persons with gunshot or bullet wounds.