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Banks in Ondo remain shut over ‘Boko Haram threat’

Valentine Chinyem



Following the alleged rumour of an impending attack by Boko Haram, banks in Ondo state today remained shut.

It was said that a security agency had addressed a letter to the state commissioner of police, Mr. Undie Adie, over the proposed plan by the sect to attack banks in Akure, the state capital, Owo and Akoko areas of the state.

However, Femi Joseph, the command spokesman, who issued a statement to that effect, assured residents 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.”