Photo: Ikare Robbery Incident-Death toll rises to 18 as fresh facts emerge, Fresh facts emerged, yesterday, that eight policemen were shot dead by the dare-devil armed robbers, who robbed three banks simultaneously in Ikare area of Ondo State, Tuesday.The affected banks are: First Bank Plc, Ecobank Plc, Wema Bank Plc and Spring Bank. As at yesterday, reports said that 18 persons were killed by the bullets of the robbers, who carried out the operation commando style. Fact finding visit to the town by Vanguard, yesterday, indicated that five policemen were shot on their arrival at the two of the banks, while three others were shot at the police station, which was earlier raided by the bandits. Reports had it that a former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Ezekiel Ile-Ola Gold, was among the casualties.He was said to have been shot on the stomach and died instantly.
This is coming as both commercial and business activities remained completely paralysed in the ancient town.All the banks in the town shut their doors to customers as a result of the robbery incident. The three banks that were robbed by about 15 armed robbers are located at Jubilee area and a walking distance from each other. The police station was riddled with bullets, while all the shops located around the three banks had bullet holes on their walls and the iron doors.
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