Lagos - Some banks in Ogun State have closed down over fears of attacks by armed robbers.
The actions of the banks was sequel to report that the two armoured personnel carriers used by the police to guard the banks had broken down.
Ogun State had been very notorious in the recent past over attacks on banks by armed robbers until security was beefed up in the state with the provision of the two police carriers.
Following the reported breakdown of the vehicles and speculation that armed robbers may strike in the areas again, the banks in the state decided to close for business.
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Muyiwa Adejobi, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said some banks in Ijebu-Igbo did not open because one of the police carriers was not working.
He explained that the vehicle was a back up.
"The situation does not mean there was no security in the place," he said.
Ijaoba Odukoya, chairman of the local Vigilante Service of Ogun (VSO), Ijebu-Ode Command, explained that the banks decided not to open because of the condition of the police carriers.
He however said there was no case of armed robbery within the area in the last few weeks.
“I can confirm to you that there was nothing like robbery attack or whatsoever. Truly, banks in Ijebu Ode did not open and the main reason was that the two armoured personnel carriers we have in the town are faulty and the banks felt that thy would rather see to the repairing of the Carriers before they would open shop," he said.
- CAJ News