More than 12 people have been confirmed dead in a robbery operation involving five banks in Offa, Kwara State.
At least six policemen and six bank customers were killed in the robbery operation.
Eye witnesses say that the heavily armed robbers initially attacked the Owode Police Station in the metropolis where they killed the policemen and some complainants before raiding the banks.
According to reports, some customers who were transacting businesses in the banks were also killed in the incident which was said to have lasted one hour and thirty minutes.
The robbers, who were more than 40 in number, invaded the Owode Police Station at about 4.45pm, killing some police officers and a few civilians. The bandits then proceeded to Bank road and began their operation.
They robbed banks includes Eco Bank, First Bank and two others. The robbers, according to eyewitnesses, entered the town at about 4:45 pm and operated till about 5:40 pm unchallenged after blocking the Ilorin and Osogbo entrances into the town.