THE Osun State security council on Monday, February 15, commended the Police and other security agencies that foiled the bank robbery incident in Ikirun on Friday, February 12.
Addressing journalists after the state security council meeting, Kola Sodipo, Osun State commissioner of Police, said that security agencies in the state needed to be lauded for their gallantry, utmost sense of duty and professionalism.
Sodipo, represented by Jesubiyi Taiwo, assistant commissioner of Police (Operations), stated that the Police and other security agencies swiftly responded to the security challenge with superior firepower.
He added that the recorded success was the result of the Armoured Personnel Carriers provided the police by the state government, stressing that four of the robbers were killed while four have been arrested.
The Police boss assured the people of the state of its readiness to protect lives and property, maintain peace and deter any criminal activity in the state.
However, the Police boss said: “Regrettably, two police officers and two bank officials lost their lives during the operation. The state security council wishes to commend the police and other security agencies that rose to the occasion for their gallantry.”
He informed the people of the need for safety precautions in any emergency situation in the nature of armed threat to lives and property involving bandits and other criminals.
The CP stated that emergencies required special attention, adding that in case of armed robbery and other armed threats, the first reaction expected from people is to run for safety in other to avoid being hit by stray bullets.
He further advised: “It is most advisable to lie on the floor until it is safe to get up. Please, on no account should people come out to view the engagement of the threat by armed security agencies. It is very dangerous.”
He stated that Police and other security agencies were prepared to keep citizens safe and would do their job to ensure a safer society.
Security agencies whose heads were present at the meeting included the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Prisons Service, the Civil Defence, Nigerian Immigration Services, Federal Roads Safety Corps.
— Feb 15, 2016 @ 17:35 GMT