By Kolade Larewaju
IN a bid to checkmate the rising level of armed robbery attacks on banks, especially in the Ijebu Ode area of the state, Governor Gbenga Daniel, has approved the purchase of an Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, for the Nigeria Police.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, the APC which would arrive in a matter of days would be deployed in the Ijebu Ode area and would reinforce the combat readiness of the Nigeria Police to confront the perpetrators of the bank robberies.
He said the purchase and deployment of the APC was among some of the new security measures which had been taken to ensure that banks and other financial institutions in Ijebu Ode and other parts of the State operated without any hindrance or fear of invasion by hoodlums.
Vows to support police
He said the Ogun State Government would continue to support the Nigeria Police while a new initiative geared towards ensuring a permanent halt to cases of armed banditry against banks in the State would soon be unfolded.
A gang of armed robbers had raided a new generation bank in Ijebu-Ode on Tuesday killing one person and carting away millions of Naira.
The Governor who was en route to Ijebu Ode for a meeting with the Awujale of Ijebuland; Oba Sikiru Adetona and other traditional rulers was said to had ordered his police escort and personal guards to give the robbers a chase.