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As the yuletide sets in and as a result of an unsuccessful armed robbery attempt made at some banks in Agbor and Owa, Ika South Local Government Council of Delta, banks in the area have closed business in protest, alleging poor security of their services and state government’s utter disregard to their plights.
Speaking on behalf of Bank Managers Association, Mr. Patrick Oriwo (Engr) who is the Chairman of the association said that the closure of the bank operation is total, involving both the closure of the ATM and other banking operations which is aimed to further draw the attention of the Government to the damages that banks continue to face every day in their operation.
He said they have been drawing the Government attention through letters and other measures in the past which have not yielded result but that this time they decided to close down every operation so that Government will come to their rescue.
He pleaded with the bank customs to understand their plights since the action is not just for their banking benefit only but for all and sundry because where there is armed robbery operation, bullets could hit anybody.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer, Agbor, Mr. Akintunde Oyeniran, who confirmed the robbery threat assured the general public to be calm and continue with their business since the criminals only came to test the readiness of the Police Force and other security agencies in securing lives and properties in Agbor and its environs.
He said his team is ever ready to make sure that lives and properties are well secured while disclosing that the force in collaboration with the council is putting a lot of strategies in place to checkmate hoodlums’ activities.
He advised Banks to improve on their internal security while also checking their private security apparatus from time to time as well as advised bank customs to be security conscious about their environment, especially after withdrawing money.
However, Chairman of Ika South Local Government Council, Hon Fred Ofume, has appealed to the Association of Bank Managers of Ika to reopen the banks in Agbor/Owa, which they shut down in protest to an attempt made by armed robbers to rob one of the banks in town.
The Chairman, who invited the Banks Managers to his office pleaded with them to at least open up ATM machines to enable people collect money in the interim while disclosing to them all the security measures his administration has put in place and the ones they are still trying to put in place in order to checkmate the activities of hoodlums.
He promised that with the help of the Divisional Police Officer who was at the meeting an aggressive patrolling of Lagos Asaba road and some major streets as well as stop and check of vehicles will soon begin.
He appealed to the Public to bear with these new measures which is to help secure lives and properties in town.
He further disclosed that Agbor Police Division has been elevated to an Area Command which requires more work to be done especially building and equipment, appealed to well meaning sons and daughters of Ika to contribute their quota since Government alone cannot do it.
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