Residents of Ilara-mokin, in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State have continued to recount their ordeal after suspected armed robbers attacked a UBA Bank in the community on Thursday; Niger Delta Connect reports.
A total of three persons were confirmed dead in the attack that happened on Thursday afternoon in Ilara-mokin community.
An eyewitness, Sunday Godwin said, “I Iive directly opposite the bank, I was inside when I started hearing gunshots, and along the run I discovered that it was armed robbers. My wife said we should stay put inside the room but I told her that it was very dangerous. So, I found my way out through the backyard”.
He said, “The armed robbers raided the bank for several minutes and carted away with some amount of money which only the bank can account for.”
Also, the landlord of the house which was destroyed with dynamite by the robbers after the late Police Officer ran into the building, expressed shock over the development, while calling on government and well meaning Nigerians to come to his aide.
He noted that his house came under attack just because they discovered that the police officer ran into him house.
Further confirming the incident, the state Police command’s Public Relations Officer, Tee-Leo Ikoro said, “the robbers killed a Journalist, a policeman and a motorcyclist”, while condemning the attack on Ilara-mokin police station by the youths of the community after the incident.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) has declared seven days morning over the death of Olubunmi Afuye, the Journalist who is one of the victims of Thursday’s robbery attack.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Chairman of the Union, Nasir Aderoboye and the General Secretary, Leke Adegbite.
According to the union, “The leadership and Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ondo State Council received today’s gruesome killing of one of our colleagues, Olubunmi Afuye in a bank robbery with grief and disbelief.
“His untimely killing by dare devil armed robbers at Ilaramokin is highest level of callousness, wickedness and unforgivable act of cutting short life of one of our Brightest, Cerebral and Versatile colleagues. It is indeed a case of ‘Sunset at Noon’ in Ondo State journalism fraternity.
“We will surely miss Bunmi’s huge contributions to Ondo NUJ and unionism in the state as he anchored last December’s NUJ Press Week and this year’s Workers’ Day celebrations free of charge while many of our members had benefitted from his media expertise.
“We register our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the wife, children, family, Media Professionals (especially those at ORANGE FM/OSRC), Friends as well as Elizade University, Ilaramokin where Bunmi was recently appointed as the Public Relations Officer, over this irreparable loss.
“We equally condole families and colleagues of the policeman and Motorcyclist killed in the bank robbery.
“While declaring Seven Days of Mourning in honour of our slain member popularly known as “BUMBAM”, Ondo NUJ demands that security operatives should do everything humanly possible to bring the perpetrators of the heinous act to justice within shortest time.”
Also, the leadership and members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Ondo State Chapter have condemn the gruesome killing of Mr Olubunmi Afuye, the Financial Secretary of Ondo SWAN by suspected armed robbers in Ilara-mokin.
In a statement signed by Wahab Bankole, Ondo SWAN Chairman, the union condemn the attack, describing it as barbaric.
According to the Union, “We received with heavy hearts, huge sadness and utmost shock by the leadership and members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Ondo State Chapter the death of ‘BUMBAM’.
“The unfortunate and untimely passing of Mr. Afuye as a result of the heartless attack is one death too many for members of the sports reporting family, as he was an integral member of the association.
“As we mourn our reliable Financial Officer, Ondo SWAN condemns the dastardly act, and appeal to security operatives to fish out the perpetrators and ensure justice.
“We have indeed lost a very rare gem, whose numerous contributions to the growth of the association cannot be quantified and will be greatly missed.
“At this difficult period, our thoughts are with the wife, children, family members, the youth wing of the entire Anglican Church, Media Professionals and Colleagues, especially those at OSRC MEDIA GROUP, Associates and Friends as well as Elizade University, Ilaramokin where Mr. Afuye worked as the Public Relations Officer until his death.”