This edition of the weekly update spotlights armed robbery in the Niger Delta with a focus on bank robbery in Ondo State. Armed robbery – including coordinated lethal attacks and burgling of commercial banks – is increasingly becoming a recurring security threat in Ondo State. According to data (see map below), over 25 incidents of armed robbery were reported in Ondo State between 2018 and 2020. Recent data shows the resurgence of bank robbery in the State. For instance, in May 2021, armed robbers reportedly attacked a bullion van belonging to a commercial bank, killed two persons and carted away unspecified amount of money along the Akure-Ondo expressway in Elemosho village, Ondo East LGA. More recently, on July 15, 2021, a gang of robbers reportedly attacked a commercial bank, blew up its security doors with dynamites, killed three persons including a policeman and a journalist, and stole an undisclosed sum of money in Ilara-Mokin community, Ifedore LGA. Three other persons were reportedly hit by stray bullets as the robbers shot sporadically to scare away people within the vicinity of the bank.
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