By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO—THERE was pandemonium Thursday in Osogbo, Osun State, following a failed robbery attempt by armed robbers on a branch of new generation bank.
Though the bandits were repelled after an hour of gun battle, an unidentified policeman was seriously injured.
However, unconfirmed report claimed the policeman died at the hospital where he was rushed to.
The ensuing commotion paralysed commercial activities in the state capital for several hours as shop owners hurriedly closed down and residents scampered for safety.
It was gathered that the robbers stormed the bank located on the busy Gbongan/Ibadan road, between 12 noon and 1p.m. but failed to penetrate the bank due to efforts of the security agencies in the area and those attached to the bank.
According to eye witnesses, the armed robbers stormed the bank in a black jeep and a Nissan-Primera car, few minutes to 12pm and attempted to gain entrance into the banking hall, but were prevented by the security agents attached to the bank.
It was learnt that men of the State Security Services, SSS, later joined the police in an effort to prevent the bandits from gaining access to the banking hall.
The armed robbers, it was gathered; after several unsuccessful attempts, made a u-turn and escaped to an unknown destination shooting sporadically in the process.
Commercial transporters plying the Gbongan/Ibadan road had a hectic time on the busy road for fear of attack by the robbers, just as the road leading to the state secretariat was barricaded by the police who mounted a road block on the road while the commotion lasted.
Hours after the incidence ended; Police Officers were still seen patrolling major parts of Osogbo, shooting sporadically into the air.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police however failed as the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for the state Police Command, Mrs. Folashade Odoro, was said to be attending a meeting with the state Commissioner of Police when contacted on phone.