An angry mob set three members of an armed robbery gang ablaze on Wednesday, July 29, after they robbed a bank in Oyo State. The robbers attacked a First bank branch in Okeho, a town in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The armed robbers, who reportedly went to the bank in an 18-seater bus, arrived at the bank around 4:58 pm and made entry to the banking hall in an attempt to cart away deposits from the bank.
After the operation, however, their vehicle had an accident and somersaulted as they tried to escape. An angry mob descended on the gang and set three of them ablaze.
Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Olugbenga Fadeyi confirmed the incident in a statement on Thursday, July 30.
Mr. Fadeyi in the statement issued on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu said, “The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, psc wishes to state that today 29th July 2020 at about 16:58hrs, there was a bank robbery in which daredevil armed bandits who came with white 18-seater bus invaded First bank Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State with intent to rob.
“The armed robbers who gained entrance into the bank used dynamites and AK-47 riffles shots to blow the bank security door. The robbery which was responded to by the Police Tactical teams and collaborative efforts of the Vigilante and hunters yielded results,” the statement continued.
It added, “Consequent upon this, three (3) of the robbers who were arrested when the 18-seater bus had an accident and somersaulted, were thereafter set ablaze by the angry mob when they attempted to escape the scene of the accident.”
“Immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the dastardly acts, he further directed that all the Police Tactical teams including the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mobile Police Force (PMF 72) and Police personnel from Okeho Area Command and nearby Divisions to be on the trail of other members of the fleeing robbers who escaped in different directions, ” Mr. Fadeyi’s statement read.
Mr. Fadeyi said, “The Commissioner of Police while condemning this dastardly act assures the good citizens of Oyo State of the Police preparedness to protect lives and properties before, during and after the Sallah celebrations.”
It ended, “He urged the good people of Oyo State to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation or threat from any quarters as the Police is on top of the situation, while he solicits credible information from members of the public to enable us to clamp down on crimes and criminalities in Oyo State.”