Three banks were yesterday raided in Omu-Aran, the headquarters of Irepodun local government area of Kwara state, killing three people and escaping with an unspecified amount of money.
The banks’ invasion started some minutes after six in the evening as sporadic gun shots rented the air in an operation that lasted for more than an hour.
The armed robbers, an eye witness said, 20 in number, first attacked the Police Division and the barrack then deflated the tyres of the police armoured carrier packed outside.
They were said to have thereafter invaded the banks which include First Bank, Union Bank and Ecobank all located on Aperan Way in the town using grenades and dynamite to break the door and the bank’s vault.
An accountant with Union Bank identified as Gade and a driver were felled by the armed robber’s bullets.
Also a member of a vigilante in the town identified as Dapo alias Igbin was also gunned down before the armed robbers escaped with an unspecified amount of money.
Meanwhile, youths in the town stormed the Omu-Aran Police Division as well as the area commander office to protest the armed robbery invasion.
The youths, who were hauling stones and other items at the station, were protesting the invasion of the banks with no response from the police.
A police patrol vehicle was also set ablaze by the youth while the police had to respond with tear gas to disperse the surging youths.
Nearly 60 houses have been destroyed in Omu Aran and Egosi Ile communities, Kwara state by a rainstorm which lasted for 45 minutes leading to the massive loss of properties and government structures.
The residents of Omu Aran, Irepodun local government and Egosi Ile in Oke Ero local government of Kwara state have lamented the destruction of their homes and loss of properties which was caused a rainstorm.
The rainstorm which lasted for 45 minutes affected the palace of the immediate past and the private residence of the reigning Olomu of Omu Aran. The oldest clinic, churches, and houses of two widows were also not spared.
The storm also uprooted electric cables, trees and damaged walls.
At Egosi Ile in Oke Ero local government, a 10 minute drive from Omu Aran, the roofs of nearly 20 houses were blown off on the same day.
Most of the houses had their roofs shattered and thrown several meters away from their houses.
The victims said that no lives were lost and have started the reconstruction and renovation of affected buildings; while the aged and the poor have called on the government to come to their aid.
The traditional ruler who was visibly shaken by the unfortunate incident said that great efforts would be needed to resettle most of the victims who are poor.
The state government has however assured that it will address the situation after assessing the extent of the damages.