Three policemen and one suspected armed robber were feared killed in a robbery operation in Iwo, Osun State on Tuesday evening.
Our correspondent gathered that the hoodlums went straight to the police station in the town and attacked the men on duty before proceeding to the area where the three banks in the town are located.
The banks are First Bank; Skye Bank and Sterling Bank.
Our correspondent gathered that the hoodlums attacked the three banks which are very close to the Bowen University but the university was not attacked.
Some of the automated teller machines at the banks were reportedly removed by the hoodlums but it was not clear if they took the machines away.
A resident told our correspondent that the streets were deserted as robbers and policemen exchanged fire during the operation.
He said, “Armed robbers attacked the banks in Iwo today. They came this evening and first went staring to the police station and attacked their men there. After that, they went to the area where the banks are located and carried out their operation.
“They killed three policemen and the police also killed one of the robbers. It is a terrible day here in Iwo.
“I think the banks were aware that they could be attacked because they have been closing by 12noon for the past two months or thereabout.”