*4 other suspects arrested in Edo
BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE – A Mobile Police officer and three suspected armed robbers were yesterday killed after no fewer than 20 armed robbers invaded a first generation bank in Owo area of Ondo State.
Vanguard gathered they were killed during a gun battle that lasted over one hour in Ifon, Ose Council area of the state and Sabogida-Ora in Edo State.
Four of the hoodlums were however arrested at Sabogida Ora, Edo State by the Anti robbery squad from Ondo state who pursued the fleeing robbers from Owo in Ondo State to Edo state.
The hoodlums were said to have arrived the bank at about 11am in two Toyota buses and immediately started shooting sporadically into the air.
Their shooting caused pandemonium in the ancient town of Owo as people ran helter shelter while parents rushed to their children schools to pick them.
Market women were said to have fled to different directions and departmental stores hurriedly shut their doors to customers following the sound of gunshot.
Vanguard gathered that the robbers forced their way to the vault of the bank and succeeded in carting away huge sums of money after holding both the bank officials and their customers’ hostage at gunpoint.
It was gathered that as soon as the hoodlums left the bank, the policemen who got wind of the robbery went after them from Owo to Ipele junction where they engaged the robbers in a gun duel.
The Mobile police corporal was said to have been felled by the bullet of the hoodlums.
Angered by the death of their colleague, the Police were said to have pursued the fleeing hoodlums to Sabogida Ora in Edo state where one of the Toyota buses was recovered and three of them shot died.
Another was also said to have been seriously injured in the process.
As news of the robbery in Owo spread to Akure, the state capital, banks hurriedly closed shop.
Customers who were already transacting business in the banks were sent packing and the banks workers left the counters for the rooms in the banks.
The Police confirmed that undisclosed sum of money was in bus recovered from the hoodlums in Edo State.