On May 31, 2011, armed men numbering about twenty, stormed the Okeiyimi, Ado Ekiti branch of First bank. The bandits, armed with sophisticated weapons, threw caution and fear of possible counter- attack by security operatives to the wind as they stormed the area, which is the most busiest in the state at about 10am.
Their mission was simple; to break into the bank. And that, they did justice to, by first using a dynamite to blow open security doors in the bank. The deafening sound sent customers panicking as most of them laid flat on the ground.
While some of the them were busy dispossessing the customers and cashiers of money, jewelries and other valuables, others made for the bank’s vault where they entered unmolested and at the end carted away an unspecified amount.
On their way out, they reportedly shot sporadically and indiscriminately to wade off intruders and in the process, several persons were hit by bullet wounds. Several persons were reportedly injured by stray bullets.
During a furtile pursuit by policemen, several expended AK 47 ammunition ,mgazines and used recharged cards were reportedly recovered.
Today, the Ekiti state command has arrested four suspected members of the notorious gang, with the recovery of four magazines and other weapons.
The feat according to the command’s boss, Mr Yinka Balogun, was achieved through the help of the CCTV camera planted in the bank. Surprisingly, one of the suspects was discovered to be a dismissed police officer from Akure, Ondo state Capital.
The CCTV monitor machine according to Balogun, “ was not affected by the explosive released by the robbers that fateful day . It was later played and led to the arrest of one Bisi Ajayi who was identified a dismissed police officer at Akure . Based on information, other culprits were arrested and they are still under investigation”.
The identities of other suspects were given as Daniel Okoro, Olabisi Akinola and Fatoba Akinyemi.