By Kunle Adedoyin
Economic activities were paralysed at the Akoko area of Ondo State yesterday as all commercial banks in the four local governments, especially in Ikare-Akoko, were shut down.
Many people, who came for transactions, returned home without achieving their aim.
Many believed that the banks’ decision followed the bank robbery at Idoani in Ose Local Government.
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday gave a marching order to security agencies to arrest the robbers, who attacked the bank in which seven lives, including that of a policeman, were reportedly lost during the robbery.
Security operatives said they have arrested a suspect.
Akeredolu, who spoke on Tuesday when he visited the Alani of Idoani, Oba Olufemi Olutoye, at his palace, described the incident as unfortunate, but implored security agents to fish out the perpetrators. He was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi.
Akeredolu assured people that his administration would partner security agencies to tighten security.
He urged residents to assist the security operatives by giving them information, to reduce crimes.
Oba Olutoye said the hoodlums also entered his palace by damaging the entrance door, “but their efforts eventually became fruitless.”
He appealed to the government to assist the bereaved families.