A group of armed robbers was stunned Monday after their attempt to attack some commercial banks in Lagere Area of Ile-Ife, Osun State, was stopped by residents of the area working with police.
The armed robbers arrived at Lagere area – which has about seven commercial banks – in a Toyota Camry car and a bus parked near one of the banks.
In extraordinary scenes, the hoodlums started shooting continuously into the air to scare away people and pave way for their heist.
But they were in for a shock as policemen attached to the banks and members of the vigilance groups within the vicinity responded with stronger force, forcing the robbers to beat a retreat, Punch writes.
“When the robbers arrived Lagere, they parked their vehicles a few meters away from the banks.
“You know, about seven commercial banks have branches in the area. At the time they arrived, activities in the area were just picking up. Customers were moving in and out of the banks.
“They suddenly began shooting into the air to scare people away; but policemen attached to the banks and vigilante boys responded with stronger force, shooting at the direction of the robbers.
“The robbers escaped through Akarabata area, Modakeke; and moved out through Ondo road.
“They were given hot chase by the combined team of policemen and vigilante boys,” a resident of Lagere, Adeolu Olagunju, said.
The Police Public Relations Officer for Osun Police Command, Folasade Odoro (SP), confirmed the incident, saying that policemen were on the trail of the robbers.
He said: “Their attempt on the banks failed. One of their vehicles was seized by our men. I have not been properly briefed. But that is the situation for now.”