Six gunmen on Wednesday attacked some accountants attached to the Cabinet Department of the Ekiti State Governor’s Office, snatching N20m from them.
The attackers reportedly ambushed the officials who were returning from a bank at Government Secretariat Road, Ado-Ekiti, where they withdrew the money.
An eyewitness, who craved anonymity, told our correspondent that the gunmen shot into the air before robbing the officials.
He said, “The officials were paymasters and accountants attached to the Cabinet Department of the Governor’s Office. They went to make a withdrawal at the behest of their superiors and while returning, the robbers waylaid them at a place between the Chicken Republic and Fajuyi Park and dispossessed them of the huge cash.”
The incident crippled economic activities in the state capital as financial institutions, petrol stations, supermarkets, eateries hurriedly shut down while commuters took to their heels.
Rumors spread rapidly that a bank robbery was afoot but such fears were allayed as police commissioner Babatunde Mobayo told members of the public to disregard them.
“Some persons have been invited by the police for interrogation and further investigation while serious effort is ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspects,” Mobayo said.