Banks in Akoko area of ondo state have for the second day on friday remained under lock and keys following the purported letter allegedly sent by Boko haram insurgents to Ondo state police command.
Several customers were disappointed with the development as the closure meant that they were not going to be able to make cash deposit or withdrawals at banks in the affected areas.
Customers who flooded the bank with the aim of completing transaction had no choice but to go to the state capital Akure which cost about N3000 to and fro.
Speaking on the development, the women leader and the Iyalaje of Ikare,Alhaja Risikat Mohammed noted that banks closure had negative impact on socio economic activities of the people of Akokoland.
Police vehicle patrol vehicles and other security agents were seen at strategic places in Ikare-Akoko mounting surveillance on movement of the people.
Efforts by newsmen to speak with Ikare Police Area Commander,Assistant Commissioner of Police,Rauf Razak and the Divisional Police Officer in Ikare, CSP Chika Udeh to comment on the development was not possible as at the press time.
In Akure,the state capital,there was no tension, banks opened at the usual 8.00 am,the only problem was that there was no network to operate.
Customers in some banks waited till around 1pm before they could receive cash or deposited.
But the police spokesman in the state,Femi Joseph maintained that such letter was not in their kitty.
He said” The command is not aware of such letter to the effect of planned attack by Boko Haram or any other group.
Joseph said men of the command are however at alert anytime,day or night to curtail any unwholesome occurrences especially during this ember months.
There was a letter purportedly sent to the Commissioner of Police,Undie Adie by a security agency.The letter was widely circulated on the social media.
It dated October 29, with the heading” Planned robbery attacks on some commercial banks in the state by suspected Boko Haram.
The state government through the Senior Special Assistant(SSA) to the governor,Ojo Oyewamide said the state would not be conducive for criminals to carry out their activities. Therefore,they should not entertain any form of fear or anxiety.The security agents in the state are up to the task.
“The operation” Amotekun” will soon commence operation in all southwest states,and it will be foolhardy of any group of criminals to imagine Boko Haram can successfully launch an attack I’m any part of the region”.