The police in Kwara State yesterday said 10 people died in the robbery at Offa, Offa Local Government Area.
A breakdown of the casualty figure showed that seven of the victims were police officers and three civilians.
Thirty robbery suspects last Thursday attacked four banks and the divisional police station, Owode.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the Commissioner of Police, Agboola Oshodi-Glover, said: “The injured are in the hospital.
“This is not the first time there will be robbery in the country or any part of the world, we must continue to work together and see that we prevent a recurrence.
“ We have set up a new Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit in Offa and Omu-Aran areas.
“We have deployed two patrol teams of ‘Operation Harmony’ there.
“We also increased the number of mobile policemen in that area.
“But we want to appeal to the people not to be discouraged. They must rise up with us.
“We are all Nigerians; we must fight crime together. Even though those people came with arms, God is with us.
“We will continue to strategise and the people should assist us to demobilise criminals.
“The people in Offa and Omu-Aran should help. Offa people are mighty men of war they should please help us. We will also fight with them.”
Oshodi-Glover added: “The command sympathises with the families of the deceased.
“The command wishes to assure the people that the police will not rest, until this gang is brought to book.
“The command assures the people that their safety is guaranteed.
“I also want to appeal to our banks that the police will continue to work with them.
In Ilorin, police stray bullet has killed two persons.
It was gathered that about 11:40am yesterday, a police patrol van was chasing a car at Oja-Oba, but the driver did not stop.
The police officers reportedly shot at him, but the bullets were said to have hit the victims.
The deceased were said to be cleaners at the Ilorin Central Mosque.
One of them was a resident of Idi-Ape, while the other was strolling on the mosque walkway.
The incident was said to have occurred in front of a bank.
An eyewitness said: “The bank management ordered the closure of its gates but I was lucky to escape.
“But outside the bank, I saw one cleaner lying inside the mosque and his colleagues were weeping.
“Another one was killed on the walkway. The area was deserted. The officers inside the patrol van disappeared.”
The Command’s spokesperson, Femi Fabode, said: “I heard that there was shooting but I am yet to get the details.
“Before the day runs out, I should be able to give you the details.”