Just like a Nollywood film, some armed robbers came unannounced and without shooting a bullet yesterday robbed an Ikare Akoko branch of a second generation bank, carting away yet to be ascertained huge amount of money.
According to our investigation, the bank robbers whose number could not be confirmed as at the time of filing this report came in as customers, but disarmed the security men on guard, dispossessing them of their uniforms and gave same to some of their members who stayed outside and pretended as security officials while they told customers coming into the banking hall that there is maintenance work going on there, thereby preventing coming in or going out of the banking hall.
An insider in the bank told our reporter that only three of the robbers entered the banking hall and ordered customers to fall flat with their faces on the floor while bank officials were told to cooperate to avoid being killed .
According to the source staffers were ordered at gun point to direct them to where cash was kept.
It was learnt that the operation lasted only 20 minutes while passers by never had knowledge of anything going on in the hall.
The Hope also learnt that the men of the Ikare Akoko Police Division who had gotten wind of the coming of the men of the underworld were patrolling the town while the robbery operations went on.
However, the men of the Nigerian Army who got to know of the incident later arrived at the scene, but after the robbers have left.
The soldiers later trailed the fleeing bank robbers but it could not be confirmed as at press time if any of the robbers have been captured while no casualty was recorded.
A competent source within the police heirachy in Ikare Akoko who confirmed the story, however refused to talk on the issue.
Meanwhile, there is calm in Ikare and it's environ as many people were not aware of the robbery incident, since it was a total departure from the usual robbery strategy.