Members of an angry mob in Oyo State set three robbers ablaze following a botched robbery operation.
The incident took place on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, after a failed bank robbery at First Bank, Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Per a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the robbers, who were armed with AK 47 rifles and dynamite, tried to rob the bank but were overpowered by the joint effort of the police and local hunters.
The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, while confirming the incident, said it occurred at about 5 pm on Wednesday.
At about 1658 hrs, there was a bank robbery in which dare devil armed bandits who came with white 18-seater bus invaded First bank Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State with an intent to rob. “The armed robbers who gained entrance into the bank used dynamites and AK-47 riffles shots to blow the bank security door.
The robbery which was responded to by the Police Tactical teams and collaborative efforts of the Vigilante and hunters yielded results. “Consequent upon this, three of the robbers who were arrested when the 18-seater bus had an accident and somersaulted, were thereafter set ablaze by the angry mob when they attempted to escape the scene of the accident. ” Immediately the Commissioner of Police, Nwachuckwu Enwonwu, got wind of the dastardly acts, he further directed that all the Police Tactical teams including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mobile Police Force (PMF 72) and Police personnel from Okeho Area Command and nearby Divisions to be on the trail of other members of the fleeing robbers who escaped in different directions.
Fadeyi stated that the Commissioner of Police condemned the dastardly act and assured the people of the state that the police were prepared to protect lives and property during and after the Sallah celebrations.
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