During an attack on a bank in Ilara Mokin town in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, three people were killed by a gang of robbers.
During the Thursday incident, three additional people were reportedly injured when they were hit by stray shots.
The hoodlums are claimed to have carried away an undisclosed sum of money.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the deceased were a policeman, a commercial motorcyclist and a worker with the Elizade University, Mr Bunmi Afuye.
Our correspondent learnt that Afuye, a journalist, was employed as the university spokesman two months ago.
The robbers were said to have shattered the bullet-proof door of the bank with dynamite before gaining access into the banking hall.
A witness said the slain Okada rider and the Elizade worker were passing by when they ran into the robbers while the operation was ongoing.
They were said to have been hit by stray bullets.
Our correspondent learnt that the policeman was killed by the dynamite.
A resident who was inside the bank when the robbers arrived said the gunmen were six in number and struck around 3pm.
He said, “I was inside the bank when they came. Immediately, all of us lay down and they started shouting, ‘Where is the manager?’
“So, they got the key to the vault and packed the money there. But they were not satisfied with what they saw and they opened the Automated Teller Machine. By then, there was not enough money. That infuriated them and they shouted, ‘Where is the money?’ It seemed they didn’t get their target. After they took the money, they went out angrily shooting to escape the scene.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the incident, adding that a team of policemen had been deployed in the scene, while investigation was ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in a statement on Thursday, directed security agencies in the state to arrest “the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to book in the shortest possible time.”
He said the death of Afuye had cost the journalism profession “a bright star.”