Residents of Igede, headquarters of Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, are in panic following a bloody attack on an old generation bank.

The seven-man gang swooped on the bank located on Ado-Aramoko-Ilesa Highway at about 5.50 pm on Wednesday and shot sporadically.

Residents say human and vehicular traffic were halted by the hoodlums who positioned themselves within and outside the bank's premises.

The attack caught bank workers and locals living nearby unawares as the bank had officially closed for the day.

A staff of the bank and a security guard were killed by the robbers during the planned attack that lasted for about 20 minutes.

The robbers blew up the Automated Tellers Machine (ATM) with bullets, which caused panic within the area.

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Igede is the latest Ekiti community to taste the bitter pill of bank robbery.

Other communities that had witnessed bank robberies in recent times are Ado, Ikere, Ilasa, Ikere, Ifaki, Otun, Okemesi and Ilawe.

A visit to Igede on Thursday showed residents wearing mournful looks gathering in groups to discuss the incident.

Police spokesman, Caleb Ikechukwu who confirmed the incident said men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were deployed to the scene.

Ikechukwu adds that the robbers later fled the scene and were pursued by the SARS officials until the they escaped into a forest between Igede and Ilawe.

He disclosed that the guard, who was shot in the head died within the premises of the bank, while the injured staff died in the hospital.

According to him, the forest is being combed by the police.

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