Three gunmen attacked an Ibadan-based radio station, Fresh FM, owned by a popular gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele.
The robbers invaded the station around 6:20 a.m. Sunday as a live broadcast was airing.
A station staff member confirmed the incident to PREMIUM TIMES.
Valuable items such as; phones, laptops, ATM cards and gold jewelry, among other items, were taken during the less than 30-minute operation.
This is the first time the station has suffered a robbery attack in six years of existence in Ibadan.
Since commencing operations, Fresh FM has opened radio stations in Ogun, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Kwara and Ondo, while it recently added an urban sister station: Blast 98.3 FM in Ibadan.
In 2018, Ayefele the music house that housed Fresh FM’s studio was partly bulldozed by the Oyo State government on the grounds that the jewelry violated the state’s land use planning law.
But the station owner insisted on obtaining all the necessary documents and approval before embarking on the construction of the building.
He added that the attack on the studio by the then state government was an attack on the Nigerian press.
Later, the then Oyo State government under the leadership of the late Abiola Ajimobi and Ayefele concluded a truce.
PREMIUM TIMES understands that the theft incident did not affect the station’s daily broadcast.
Mr Ayefele’s spokesman, Samson Akindele, confirmed the incident, noting that the thieves were all captured by the company’s CCTV camera, adding that the video was handed over to the police and DSS.
“They took some of the stations and personal belongings of the staff such as; recorders, telephones, laptops among others.
“We are sure that the security agencies will do their job and that these culprits will be brought to justice.”
When contacted, Oyo State Police Command spokesman Adewale Osifeso, a police superintendent, said investigations had begun and updates would be given as they were made.
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