By DEMOLA AKINYEMI
ILORIN – There was pandemonium Friday by 1130am around Post office, Unity and Taiwo, the commercial nerves of Ilorin the Kwara state capital as a result of robbery scare, forcing residents to scamper for safety, while shops, banks and offices were hurriedly shut down for businesses.
Vanguard reliably gathered that the development was caused by armed robbers who were said to be operating in one of the new generation banks around Unity area of Ilorin.
They were said to be operating in the bank, while the detached special anti robbery squad arrived down stairs, a development that caused the panic.
Meantime, a three man gang of armed robbers had Wednesday night around 830pm successfully robbed a newly established petrol station at Tanks area of Ilorn, with gun shootings renting the air while they carry out their operations.
One of the staff of the petrol station confirmed the robbery in an interview with Vanguard, “they robbed us at gun point and collected all our sales for the day” he said.
However, the state police Command, through the Public relations officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, denied the incident. According to the statement, “The state police command is shocked to receive an avalanche of calls from panic stricken individuals, arising from a false alarm to the effect that robbers are operating in some banks along Unity and Taiwo Areas.”
“The alarm is false, fake and a ploy to cause unnecessary panic in the minds of the people. The command wishes to assure members of the public of their safety, and its preparedness to provide needed security cover for all the banks in particular and people of Kwara in general. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant and make information of untoward movements to the police please”