BY GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO — A Police officer, attached to a first generation bank in Edunabon, Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State, was, Sunday, shot dead by persons, suspected to be robbers.
The deceased Police officer, was said to be one of the security agents attached to the bank to provide security, at weekends.
It was gathered from sources that the robbers were in a vehicle from Ile-Ife axis and were stopped by the Police at Edunabon, but resisted attempts to search their vehicle, a situation that led to exchange of gun shots.
It was learnt that one of the robbers had appealed to the Policemen to allow them go when the Police ordered them to open their vehicle booth but the robbers’ plea fell on the deaf ears, as the Police officers insisted on the search.
After exchange of hot words, it was gathered that the Policemen dragged down some of the robbers from the vehicle and in the process, the robbers shot the leader of the Police team, who eventually gave up the ghost.
Attempts to rescue the Police officer by residents of the area proved abortive as the armed robbers reportedly shot sporadically into the air, until they escaped from the area.
Police Public Relations Officer, of the state Police Command, Mrs Folashade Odoro, said the command will issue a statement on the matter soon.