Ondo banks shut down over ‘Boko Haram threat’ – Independent Observers

Ondo banks shut down over ‘Boko Haram threat’

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By Kunle Adedoyin

Some commercial banks in Ondo State have been forced to close their doors to customers following rumours of impending attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

There were reports of a letter said to have been addressed by a security agency to Undie Adie, the State Commissioner of Police, alleging that the group was planning to attack banks in Akure, the state capital, Owo and Akoko areas of the state.

This caused banks in the said areas to shut down operations during the week.

However, the State Police Command has assured the people that it has put adequate measures in place to ensure the security of their lives and property.

Femi Joseph, the Command Spokesman, said in a statement that 24-hour surveillance has been placed on all financial institutions and other public utilities in the state.

“The Ondo State Police Command hereby reassures the general public especially the banking community across the state that adequate security has been put in place to protect their lives and property throughout the ’ember’ months and beyond,” the statement read.

“The banking community and other financial institutions are enjoined to go about their normal businesses as our men have been put on red alert to prevent any act of criminality anywhere in the state.

“The people of the state are also advised to be conscious of events around them and quickly alert the police should they suspect or observe anything strange or unusual.

“We have emplaced 24-hour surveillance on all financial institutions and other public utilities across the state.

“Citizens should not exercise any form of anxiety or apprehension as the police are on top of the security situation in the state.”

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