Some residents of Ijebu-Ode, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said many had been travelling to places such as Sagamu, Abeokuta and others to deposit or withdraw money.
An unidentified point-of-sale operator lamented that the development “portends great danger” for him and others in the business in Ijebu-Ode.
The operator said, “We withdraw money from banks to pay our customers and we also deposit in the bank when we have large sums of money with us. If the banks are not opening, it will negatively affect us. In fact, it is affecting me already. I’ve been going to Sagamu to make withdrawals. It is bad.”
“Even if it has a fault, is it not the police that will still operate it? And it is the same police that said ‘no problem, open your shops, you don’t have any problem as far as security is concerned.’ But I don’t know the motive behind it. All the DPOs in the Ijebu area including the Area Commander met with them and assured them (of their safety).”