Armed robbers on Thursday reportedly killed a policeman in an attack on a First Bank of Nigeria Limited in Ifaki-Ekiti, in the Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The attack claimed the life of one Mobile Police (MOPOL) on duty at the bank premises.
An eyewitness revealed that the robbery occurred at about 4.00 pm after the bank had closed for work.
The robbers whose number could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report failed to gain entry into the bank but riddled the bank building with their bullets.
They also destroyed the bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery.
Social and economic activities were paralysed for about 30 minutes the robbery lasted, as frightened residents fled in different directions.
Vehicles disappeared from all major roads in the town as many of them turned back on learning about the robbery.
The eyewitness said: “It was a terrible experience for us in Ifaki today, the area became a war zone with endless gun shots fired by the robbers.
“Although they didn’t succeed in entering the bank, they killed one MOPOL (Mobile Policeman), his colleague who was also shot was taken to the hospital.
“They shattered the glasses in the front of the bank and they destroyed the ATM Point. Although the robbers had left, there is still panic in the town.”
When called on phone for reaction, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe, who confirmed the incident refused to give further details.
Chafe said: “I cannot give you details on the incident now because we are in a meeting. We will give full details in due course.”