Police debunk report of bank robbery in Ilorin

Date: 2018-05-19

The Nigerian Police on Friday denied reports that robbers invaded a bank in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State.

An Assistant Commissioner of Police and the head of Nigerian Police Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), Abayomi Shogunle, made this known in a tweet on Friday.

Some internet users had on Friday circulated reports across social media that some banks were under attack in Taiwo Isale area of the city.

The reports, which had gone viral by noon, threw many people into confusion with claims that business activities had been disrupted in the affected area.

But Mr Shogunle said the reports were "fake news". He said police's preliminary investigations revealed that a bank worker might have mistakenly activated the alarm button.

"There is no ongoing bank robbery incident in Ilorin, Kwara State. Please disregard the #FakeNews in circulation," he tweeted.

"@PoliceNG_PCRRU checks reveals that a bank worker might have mistakenly activated Alarm Button. @PoliceNG patrol units are fully on ground in #Ilorin."

Mr Shogunle's clarification was also retweeted via the official handle of the Nigerian Police Force.

A resident of Ilorin who moved around the Taiwo Isale area told PREMIUM TIMES at about 3.13pm on Friday that although it was unclear whether there was any incidence earlier, there were no signs of unrest in the area.

The development is coming few weeks after robbers invaded banks in neighboring Offa town, killing some residents and police officers

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