The Ogun State Police Command has expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of banks operating in Ijebu-Ode to close down their offices following an alleged robbery threat.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command said it has noticed with dismay, the unwarranted closure of Banks and Financial institutions in Ijebu-Ode and its environs over an alleged robbery threat.
He said the command is seriously disappointed by the action of the banks and the untold hardship their decision has caused people in the town despite continuous assurance of their safety by the police and other security agencies.
“The command has noticed that once they are bent on this mischief, they close their minds and eyes to other security arrangements the police in conjunction with other security agencies have on ground to protect them.
“They claimed armed robbers wrote to inform them that they are coming to attack them, but they will not make the purported letter available to the police for investigation and possible apprehension of those behind it.
“The command wants to believe that some of them actually want their banks to be robbed, hence these strange set of bankers expose the banks in the area to security threats by making public real and imaginary security lapses to the general public including armed robbers rather than quietly discussing them with security agencies and government.
“The command therefore wishes to warn that the bankers will surely be the first set of suspects if anything unusual in the form of bank robbery (God forbid) happens in the area, at least for them to disclose their ceaseless sources of information.
“On our own part, we are doing everything within the ambit of the law to guarantee the safety of life and property of good people of Ogun state, the banks and other financial institutions inclusive. It is therefore not in the interest of the state for anybody to raise false alarms,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Edward Awolowo Ajogun has directed a full scale investigation into their present claim of receiving a letter from armed robbers that they are coming to attack their banks.