15th May, 2012
Customers of an old generation bank at Eligbolo, East/West road, Port Harcourt, were Tuesday disappointed as they could not withdraw or deposit their money.
They were barred from entering the bank to transact business by over 15 armed policemen drafted from
the Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS, who barricaded the bank premises following a robbery attack.
It was learnt that some unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday, at about 2 am to be precise, attacked the bank and shot at a policeman in the leg, carted away two rifles and an undisclosed amount of money from the Automated Teller Machine, ATM.
Our correspondent who passed by the bank at about 11 am saw the policemen politely turning away customers who had come to either deposit or withdraw money from the bank.
When P.M.NEWS contacted the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Indabawa, today at the Police officers’ Mess on the incident, he confirmed there was a robbery incident at the bank.
He said however that no life was lost, except that a policeman who tried to repel them was shot in the leg and two rifles carted away.
He also said he cannot ascertain the amount of money stolen until the preliminary investigations are concluded.
A customer who had come to the bank to submit the GCE form for one his children said he was disallowed policemen who simply told him that “the situation in the bank is not conducive for business today. You can come back later.”
—Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt