Seven individuals, including two police officers and two constabularies, were killed by suspected armed robbers during an attack on two banks in the Apomu and Ikire towns on Thursday, according to the Osun State Police Command.

According to a statement from the command spokeswoman, Yemisi Opalola, armed robbers numbering 35 attacked two commercial banks in Ikire and Apomu at around 6.10 p.m. on Wednesday.

The bandits were, however, stopped by a joint team of police officers and local security organizations, forcing them to retreat into the jungle, according to Opalola.

According to her, the three residents slain during the incident were shot by thieves who, after being engaged by police operatives and local security organizations, were shooting sporadically.

The statement read in part, “The armed robbers numbering about Thirty-five(35) came in about Five(5) vehicles simultaneously attacked Ikire Divisional Police HQ and the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) pinned down at Ikoyi-Osun with several explosive devices and several gun firing in a bid to subdue the capacity of the Police while attempting to rob First Bank Ikire and Access Bank Apomu respectively.

“It is unfortunate that ASP Osho Oluranti, Inspector Lekan Olalere, Two (2) Special Constabularies; namely Oladeni Olalekan, and Oyedeji Muyideen were shot dead in the process.

“On sighting the overwhelming Policemen comprising Prompt Response Unit (PRU), CP’s Surveillance team, IRT Operatives, STS, 39 PMF, JTF, along with the local security outfits, who swiftly engaged them in a fierce gun duel, the robbers began to flee. While escaping, they shot sporadically, and regrettably, three (3) civilians were shot namely Toheeb Oyebola, Temilorun Adebiyi, and one other, (whose identity is not yet known), all-male.

They weren’t able to rob any of the banks. With gunshot wounds, the intruders escaped into the jungle, abandoning two of the working cars they had brought with them.”

The victims’ remains have been deposited to the Oluyoro Catholic Hospital morgue in Apomu, according to Opalola, who also stated that efforts are still being made to catch the fleeing thieves.

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