Ondo Bank Robbery: What Led To Attack That Killed Seven People

Following the robbery attack on one of the branches of First Bank in Ondo State on the April 8, details have started emerging on the circums...

Following the robbery attack on one of the branches of First Bank in Ondo State on the April 8, details have started emerging on the circumstances surrounding the bloody attacked.

Recall that just like one of the action scenes of a Hollywood movie, dare-devil armed bandits had storm Idoani, headquarters of Ose Local Government, where the robbers for over one hour held the town by the jugular as they unleashed terror in a bid to rob the bank.

Days after the incident which shook the entire state, the trails of tears and sorrow left behind by the gunmen still pervades the community’s atmosphere as many find it difficult to comprehend that their loved ones are no more.
At the end of the terrifying gunshots, the attack left seven people dead; four bank officials, including the Operation Manager of the bank, Sunday Akindele; two customers and a police officer. One of the victims was said to have died in the hospital.

Unearthing what could have led to the deadly attack, sources revealed that it might not be unconnected with a tip-off that the sum of N25 million was to be deposited in the bank’s vault on the day of the attack.

According to one of the sources who craved anonymity, the money was being expected in the bank which was to be brought in by a bullion van before the robbers struck.

“It cannot be waved off that the robbers did not know that such amount was due for arrival, going by the time they attacked.

“But they (robbers) got to the bank before the arrival of the bullion van which had made a decision immediately it got wind of the attack.

“There’s the possibility that, that was what infuriated them to have killed those on that sad and terrible day.

Another source also emphazied that the gunmen must have acted on a tip off, particularly within the bank.

“That there is an informant involved should not be ruled out.

“They acted based on the information someone gave them and such privileged information can only come from within.

“The only appeal is that the security agencies working on the case should endeavour to get to the root of the attack and all those involved should be made to pay for their dastardly act.”

Meanwhile, the State Police Command has continued to assure residents that the culprits will be apprehended just as police source confirmed to DAILY POST that more arrests have been made in connection with the robbery.

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