Panic In Ogun, Banks Shut Down Over Robbers’ ‘Notice Of Attack’

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There is panic in Ogun state as a notice of attack was recently sent to some commercial banks in Ijebu-Ode area.

The commercials banks in Ijebu-Ode area of the state refused to open for business over fear of being attacked by daredevil armed robbers.

Our corresponnet gathered that the banks have since Monday down tools following letters allegedly sent to some of them by suspected robbers.

It was further gathered that the fear of the bankers were not unconnected with the way some of the banks were robbed some years ago, leading to loss of lives .

The banks have insisted on not opening their branches except the Ogun State Government assist the police with armoured personnel carriers to be mounted close to their branches.

Some residents of Ijebu-Ode who pleaded anonymity said many had been travelling to places like Sagamu, Abeokuta and others to deposit or withdraw money.

A report by The Punch highlights fears among Point-of-Sale operators who lamented that the development portends “great danger” for them and others in the business in Ijebu-Ode.

“We withdraw money from banks to pay our customers and we also deposit in the bank when we have large sums of money in our kitty.

“If the banks are not opening, it will negatively affect us. In fact, it is affecting me already. I’ve been going to Sagamu to make withdrawals. It is bad.”

The State Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the development said,

”I don’t see any reason for that action. Honestly, there is no reason for it at all. The police called them and assure them of their safety. The police are posted everywhere. They saw the presence of the police. They are now claiming that the Armoured Personnel carrier there has fault. Even, if Armoured Personnel Carrier has fault, is it not the police that will still operate it?”

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