The Kwara Police Command has dismissed a report suggesting a robbery attack against a new generation bank at Tanke, Ilorin, the Kwara state capital on Tuesday.
Eye9ja understands that the state Police command has similarly arrested a middle-aged man suspected to be of unsound mind for allegedly disrupting business activities and creating panic in the bank.
The command’s spokesman, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, made this known in a statement obtained by this news platform on Tuesday, September 10.
Okasanmi in his statement urged members of the public to disregard the reports and go about their normal activities without fear.
According to him, an alarm raised by a customer in the banking hall had forced customers outside and other bystanders to take to their heels, thinking that a robbery operation was ongoing in the bank.
The statement reads; “The Kwara State Police Command wishes to inform the general public of the unfounded news going round that armed robbers invaded a bank in Tanke area of Ilorin this morning (Tuesday).
“This has brought about some level of panic and agitation by the people.
“The command wishes to state that what actually transpired was that a man strayed into the said bank and started packing monies on the bank counter which eventually led to commotion in the banking hall.
“Policemen came in and arrested the suspect who was promptly taken away. Preliminary investigation, however, revealed that the suspect is of unsound mind.”
Okasanmi who also assured that calm had since been restored in the area, said that the state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had similarly, with the view of maintaining a crime-free state, ordered an aggressive patrol of banks in the city to further instil confidence in members of the public.
He urged members of the public to be conscious of happenings around them and report any suspicious movement to the police.