Not to be deterred by the difficulty involved in gaining entrance into banking halls, some daredevil armed robbers in Ilorin have devised a new means of gaining entrance into tightly secured banking halls.
Customers and bank officials were mystified when armed robbers climbed the roof of the branch of a new generation bank along Unity Road, Ilorin, Friday morning, to gain access into the banking hall, causing pandemonium in the ever busy bank as they unleashed terror.
Unknown to security officials at the bank, the armed robbers mingled with ATM customers and climbed the roof through the bank’s lobby, seeing that it was difficult to gain entrance through the doors, Sunday Vanguard reports.
Customers and bank officials, at about 10.30am scampered for safety as news filtered that armed robbers had gained entry into the bank through the roof.
The armed robbers, in a coordinated attempt, were already gathering money from customers and ordering bank officials around at gunpoint for keys to the vault when customers at the ATM point, located at the entrance into the main hall, got wind of it,raised the alarm and the bandits fled.
There was pandemonium as customers scampered for safety and the armed robbers stormed the main road shooting into the air to scare away people so as to get away with their loot.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that officers of Special Anti Robbery Squad(SARS) at A Division Police Station around, who got wind of the development , raced to the bank to repel the armed robbers.
Sunday Vanguard sources said three of the robbers escaped while the fourth, trapped inside the banking hall, was caught by the officers of SARS.
The suspect was said to be helping the police to track his other gang members who escaped.
Several calls to Kwara State Police Command spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi, for his reaction on the incident failed as there was no response to several calls to his GSM lines.
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