The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police has revealed that two of its personnel, Inspectors Ogunbiyi Ahmed and Odeyemi Ayinla were two of the police officers that lost their lives in Tuesday’s armed robbery attacks at Wema Bank, Iragbiji and Iragbiji Divisional Police Headquarters in Boripe Local Government Area of the State.
According to a press release signed by the Spokesperson of the command, Yemisi Opalola, the armed robbers who numbered about twenty came in commando style with about four vehicles at about 2:55pm and simultaneously attacked Iragbiji Divisional Police Headquarters and Wema Bank Iragbiji.
She disclosed that the robbers invaded both targets with sporadic shooting and launching of explosive devices in an attempt to disorganise, incapacitate and destabilise the police who were in a fierce gun battle with them.
Opalola added that some parts of the Divisional Police Headquarters was damaged.
“The dare devils 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 and the ATM machine was also destroyed but an attempt to break into the bank strong room was foiled,” she said.
She explained that the deceased police officers were shot dead when they engaged the fleeing armed robbers in hot pursuit.
“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 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,” she stated.
Opalola stated that the Police Commissioner was appealing to the people of the State to always cooperate and collaborate with the police in the area of giving prompt and useful information that will aid in the curtailing of criminal activities before it occurs.
Also, she requested the public to avail the command of information on any suspected person or persons with gunshot or bullet wounds.