No fewer than five persons are feared dead with about seven others injured following a bank robbery incident at Zenith bank located along Wetheral Road Owerri, directly opposite the Dan Anyiam Stadium on Wednesday, 22 February, 2016.
An eyewitness said at the scene of the crime in Owerri that the casualties were three bank security guards, one bank customer, who was trailed to the bank by the hoodlums, and one of the suspected armed robbers.
The source, who refused to give his name, said the customer whose name could not be ascertained as at press time, was apparently coming to the bank to lodge a huge sum of money but was trailed by the hoodlums.According to the eyewitness: “The bandits on getting to the bank premises opened fire at the man as he was bringing out his money, and as soon as that happened, security men at the bank responded by gunning down one of the robbers.
“On killing one of the bandits, his gang members rained bullets on the security men killing three of them on the spot.” The eyewitness said that the armed robbers after the sporadic shooting which also injured more than seven persons fled the scene with the ‘Ghana-must-go’ bag containing the money.
The Spokesperson of the Imo State Police Command, Mr Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident, said that the arrival of security operatives at about 1510hrs, on getting a distress call that the bank was under attack.
The command were said to have mobilised their men, a combined team of Police led by the Commissioner of Police, CP Taiwo Lakanu, and other detectives to the scene with more than three Toyota Hilux vans full of armed policemen.
“On arrival, the operatives engaged the four armed robbers that arrived the bank with an ash colour Toyota Camry in a shoot out. At the end of the shoot out, three Police men sustained various degrees of gun shot injuries,” the PPRO said.
“One of the armed robbers was short dead and one AK47 Rifle with 100 rds of Ammunition that was earlier snatched from a policeman on 24/11/2016 was recovered from the dead Armed robber with three magazines,” he added.
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