A female corps member, two policemen and two other civilians were killed on Monday when the First Bank of Nigeria Plc branch in Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti was attacked.
The armed robbers were said to have attacked a police station near the branch. The police station was located in Kajola area of the community. There, the robbers shot and killed a male police officer in his office, while a female officer, was said to have been made to escape before she was shot dead.
It was gathered from sources in the community that the robbers invaded the town after the bank’s closing hours. The news filtered in at about 4:45pm, with the source saying: “There is commotion in Ikere-Ekiti.”
The female corps member, identified as Onyinye, was shot ib the chest by a stray bullet. She was a Batch ‘B’ corps member with one of the NYSC Christian bodies. She was taking fellow Batch ‘C’ corps members to their Place of Primary Assignment. They Batch ‘C’s had just finished their orientation exercise at the Ise Emure NYSC camp that very day.
The robbers were said to have fled from the town in different directions following the arrival of soldiers and policemen on the scene, with the source adding that they shot indiscriminately as they escaped.
This same branch of the bank was robbed late last year. The branch was bombed then. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Babayemi, has confirmed the robbery attack. Babayemi, however, said he was yet to confirm the casualty figure. He also said security men had been deployed in the area.