BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE – EXACTLY a week after a bank robbery in which four persons died in Akure, the Ondo State capital, another robbery scare caused pandemonium in the capital Wednesday, as the state government took delivery of three Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, to combat crime in the state.
Residents in the state capital abandoned their duties and scrabble for safety as news of another robbery spread round the metropolis at about 9:30am yesterday.
Consequently commercial banks in the metropolis hurriedly closed shop apparently to forestall a repeat of last week’s experience.
Even after it was discovered that the alleged robbery was not true the banks refused to open their doors to customers who alternatively made use of the ATM.
But security operatives rose to the occasion as they invaded the town combing for the robbers and mounting barricade to prevent their escape.
Last week about 15 robbers robbed one of the new generation bank killing four persons including the security attached to the bank.
The news of the scare coincided with a statement by the state government that three APC have been procured.
According to the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, the APC armoured fighting vehicle was designed to transport infantry to the battlefield.
The Commissioner explained that governor would order the deployment of the vehicles in strategic locations especially the Business Districts of Akure and other major towns in the state, after commissioning.
He assured residents of the state that the arrival of the equipment and other logistics extended by his government to the various security agencies in the state will henceforth make Ondo, a no-go-area for armed robbers.
The statement also urged members of the public not to involve themselves in any form of rumour that could cause panic.
It also urged management of banks in the state to carry out their legitimate duties without any form of fear as the state is fully on top of security situation in the state throughout the yuletide period and beyond.