The Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in Ijare, Ifedore council area of
Ondo State, Iheme Wilfred, an assistant superintendent of police, ASP,
has been shot dead by armed robbers after robbing a bank outside the
The deceased police officer was said to have led his men to lay an
ambush for the robbers who operated at a commercial bank in Ikere-
Ekiti, Ekiti State, and wanted to escape through Ijare.
But the fire power of the robbers dwarfed that of the officer and his men.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the robbers, on getting to Ijare Road
where the policemen had laid the ambush, sighted them and opened
fire. Sources said that it was in the process that the top police
officer was killed.
But another source said that the deceased and his men actually
engaged the robbers in a shot out for about 20 minutes before they
were over powered by the robbers who brandished sophisticated weapons.
It was gathered that immediately the policemen who accompanied the
deceased officer noticed that he had died, they fled into the bush.
Consequently, the men of the underworld allegedly carted away their
arms and ammunitions.
The robbers who, it was learnt, stole an unspecified amount of money
from the commercial bank they robbed in Ikere Ekiti eventually got
away through Ijare Road.
Ondo State police authorities confirmed the death of the DCO. The
police image maker in the state, Wole Ogodo, described the killing of
the ASP as unfortunate.
Ogodo said men of the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were
investigating the incident.