BY Dayo Johnson,Akure
The Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in Ijare, Ifedore council area of Ondo State, Iheme Wilfred, an assistant superintendent of police, ASP, has been shot dead by armed robbers after robbing a bank outside the state.
The deceased police officer was said to have led his men to lay an ambush for the robbers who operated at a commercial bank in Ikere- Ekiti, Ekiti State, and wanted to escape through Ijare.
But the fire power of the robbers dwarfed that of the officer and his men.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the robbers, on getting to Ijare Road where the policemen had laid the ambush, sighted them and opened fire. Sources said that it was in the process that the top police officer was killed.
But another source said that the deceased and his men actually engaged the robbers in a shot out for about 20 minutes before they were over powered by the robbers who brandished sophisticated weapons.
It was gathered that immediately the policemen who accompanied the deceased officer noticed that he had died, they fled into the bush.
Consequently, the men of the underworld allegedly carted away their arms and ammunitions.
The robbers who, it was learnt, stole an unspecified amount of money from the commercial bank they robbed in Ikere Ekiti eventually got away through Ijare Road.
Ondo State police authorities confirmed the death of the DCO. The police image maker in the state, Wole Ogodo, described the killing of the ASP as unfortunate.
Ogodo said men of the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were investigating the incident.