By Dayo Johnson and Gbenga Olarinoye
WORRIED by the incessant bank robberies and insecurity in the country, the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has ordered for the purchase of five Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, and 500 bullet proof vests for policemen in the state to combat the hoodlums.
Fear of another bank robbery made banks in Akure, Ondo, Ikare and Owo to hurriedly close shop in the towns throughout Tuesday. They only began skeletal banking services yesterday.
Two major bank robberies had been recorded in the state within the last one month and five persons had been killed while many persons sustained injuries.
Some bank workers alleged that armed robbers sent letters to some banks, informing them that they would visit them hence visitors to banks in major towns in the state, had been operating skeletally for fear of the unknown.
This was coming as the state police command paraded two fake soldiers after they snatched an unregistered Honda Accord car at gun point after they were given a free ride.
….As Police parade 7 robbery suspects
OSOGBOâ€”Osun State Police Command yesterday paraded seven armed robbery suspects, including a 52-year-old trans-border car snatcher, Femi Odeyemi.
Also paraded along with the seven armed robbery suspects was a sports utility van snatched at gun point in Ogun State by Odeyemi. According to the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Solomon Olusegun, the stolen jeep which was snatched at gunpoint from one Mrs Akinyele Olayinka, was recovered at a police checkpoint in Iwo, Osun State in possession of one Femi Odeyemi who claimed ignorance of the crime.
Parading the suspects, Police Commissioner, Solomon Olusegun said the Honda CRV Jeep with plate number Lagos GL 755 EKY was snatched by armed robbers at gunpoint.
The suspect who admitted being in possession of the car as at the time of arrest, claimed to be a chief driver in a private company in Lagos and was only assisting his friend to take the vehicle to Abuja. He claimed ignorance of the fact that the car was stolen.
AnotherÂ two-member armed robbery gang was also arrested by the police in a robbery operation at Dada Estate area of the state. The robbers who were armed with dangerous weapons, including a pistol ransacked the womanâ€™s house and carted away valuables.
The suspects, Awoniyi Sola Ibrahim and Ola Monday were arrested shortly after the robbery by men of the police from Dada-Estate divisional headquarters after combing the entire area.
Also smashed was a four-man robbery gang who on July 19, 2010 invaded the house of one Aluko Kehinde Olugbenga in Ilesa where they held the household hostage for hours.
Responding to a distress call, the robbers were apprehended after a thorough combing of bushes around the premises.
According to the Police Image Maker Adeniran Aremu the fake Soldiers Opeyemi Adebayo and Abubakar Sanni were since dismissed from the Army in year 2006 after they were caught with fake certificates belonging to their brother and friend.
They robbed the owner of the car Takeeb Obalokun in Ilara Mokin in Ondo state but were apprehended in Delta State
Also, four other armed robbers were paraded yesterday by the State Anti Robbery Squad SARS in Akure after they hijacked a lorry loaded with building materials valued at about N1.5million.
Speaking at the House of Assembly plenary yesterday , the Majority Leader Mr Dayo Akinsoyinu said that the state government was disturbed by the nefarious activities of the hoodlums in the last one month hence the decision to equip the police.
Akinsoyinu said that the House and the security Chiefs in the state have held several meetings and it was discovered that the only APC in the state was not in good order and that the tyres were bad.
In what shocked the Lawmakers and those present at the plenary, Mr Akinsoyinu said that it has been discovered that the number of Police women deployed to the state is higher than the number of Policemen.
Meanwhile, the state police command doused the anxiety and fear in the state by saying that they are up to the task and would battle the hoodlums to a standstill.
Barricades have been mounted at strategic positions in the state capital with mobile policemen frisking all motorists as part of their strategies to confront the hoodlums.