By Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADO-EKITI—THE Ekiti State Police Command, said Tuesday, that it was on the trail of the armed robbers who attacked an old generation bank in Ijero-Ekiti on Monday evening, killing three police officers and a bank customers.
The police also expressed sadness over the death of three of their colleagues during the bank robbery but assured that the culprits would soon be arrested and brought to book.
The Command disclosed that it has recovered a vehicle stolen by the bandits during the robbery.
Reliable sources confirmed that the robbers, gained entrance into the banking hall after blowing the security door with an explosive device, adding that they came to the bank with an ambulance loaded with a coffin carrying large cache of rifles.
In a chat with journalists in Ado Ekiti, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, said the families of the deceased would be contacted before publicly revealing their identities.
Ikechukwu said: “We are contacting their families to express our grief over the death. The police will not be deterred or shy away from the responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people, no matter what happens.
“Our men are really working. We contacting their families to express our grief over the death. The police will not be deterred or shy away from the responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people, no matter what happens.
“Our men are really working. We are stepping up our intelligence gathering mechanism with the public and other sister agencies to ensure that Ekiti is safe.
“We have even recovered the Toyota car that was stolen by the bandits during the robbery. The bandits had abandoned the vehicle along Aramoko-Ijero road and fled into the bush upon realizing that the police were closing in on them.
“We are not stopping at that, our men from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and Special Intelligence Bureau, SIB, are combing the bush we suspected they ran into. We are chasing them and the long arm of the law shall catch up with them.
“We are particularly pleased because the members of the public are cooperating. They are giving us useful information that will automatically help us in tracking down the robbers.”