Armed robbers numbering seven yesterday evening, invaded the ancient town of Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo state, killing an unspecified number of people.
According to an eyewitness , the armed robbers killed the Manager of a branch of Wema Bank in the town and his assistant, during the robbery operation.
Although the identities of the deceased bank officials could not be ascertained, it was gathered that the two officials failed to “co-operate” with the robbers when they stormed their bank.
The dare devil armed robbers, according to findings, stormed the town at about 4.00pm and shot sporadically into the air till they got to the heart of the town where they robbed three branches of new generation banks in the town.
Findings also revealed that the armed robbers carted away an undisclosed amount of money in all the banks they robbed and rendered many staff of the banks injured.
It was also gathered from unconfirmed sources that some residents of the town were shot dead, while others sustained serious injuries.
However , the incident caused pandemonium in the town as many residents of the town who read political meanings to the incident protested round the town after the robbery
A source alleged that the Police officers, who witnessed the robbery incident, did not challenge the armed robbers while the operation lasted.
An eyewitness who spoke, on condition of anonymity, hinted that the armed robbers entered the town through Owo -Abuja express road and moved straight to the heart of the town where major commercial banks are located.
Nigeriaelites also gathered that the armed robbers escaped arrest despite the presence of Police officers at the scene of the incident.
Confirming the incident , the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state Police command, Mr Wole Ogodo, said men of the state Police command had been deployed to the town to enforce orderliness.
He said “details of the incident are still sketchy. I can only give you details of the robbery incident when our man deployed to the town communicates with me”,Ogodo said.