Seven people have been killed after an eleven-man gang of robbers on Monday attacked a branch of First Bank branch in Idoani, Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The robbers reportedly stormed the town in the afternoon, shooting sporadically and broke the bank’s security doors with an explosive device.
The bank is said to be the only commercial bank in Idoani, serving the other neighboring towns as well.
It was gathered that the robbers shot and killed seven people, including bank officials, a Police Inspector as well as two customers using the Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
Five other persons who sustained serious injuries were rushed to the intensive care unit at the General Hospital in the town for treatment.
According to an eyewitness account, the armed robbers escaped through the bush in the area with an unspecified amount of money stolen from the bank.
Shortly after their escape, men of the Nigerian Army arrived at the scene.
A spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph who confirmed the incident to newsmen disclosed that one suspect has been apprehended in connection with the robbery attack and investigations are ongoing to fish out the fleeing members.
He appealed to residents to be law-abiding, remain calm and not to entertain fears as the police are on top of the situation.