Following a bank robbery in Ilesa, Osun State, on Monday, police authorities have accused banks in the state of non-compliance with security measures.
Speaking with our correspondent, the Police Public Relations Officer, Osun Command, Mr. Joshua Olayemi, explained that only three banks in the state were complying with the safety measures provided by the police.
According to Olayemi, armed robbers are capitalising on the uncooperative attitude of the banks in the state to rob them.
He said, ?The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. John Omoronike, has given a directive that all banks link up with our control room, but only three banks have done so, long after the ultimatum expired.
?The reaction time from the police to any distress call is one minute. What we did was to give each bank 20 GSM lines. We linked these numbers directly to our control room.
?A cleaner could be given one of the GSM lines such that if there is a robbery, the cleaner could stay somewhere and dial the number. A dial would show that there is distress in the bank.
?But the banks are not cooperating with the directive. How do the police know there is robbery going on in a bank if we are not informed??
Olayemi said Omoronike would hold a meeting with bank managers in the state on Friday.
Many of the banks, especially those in the hinterlands, do not have modern security doors.
On Monday, five persons were shot dead and eight others injured in the robbery at Wema Bank, Ilesa branch.
Meanwhile, the corpse of an Action Congress member, Abayomi Oni, has generated a controversy between the party and the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo.
A statement by the Media Director, Osun AC, Mr Gbenga Fayemiwo, on Tuesday, in Osogbo, accused LAUTECH of colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to ?carry out the unsolicited burial of Oni.?