NIGERIA: Several customers of a second generation bank escaped death at the weekend as dare-devil armed robbers stormed its premises along Douglas Road, Owerri, Imo State and engaged the police in gun duel which lasted for several minutes – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Police, armed robbers in gun duel in Imo
The armed robbers, who arrived the bank located opposite Emmanuel College, Owerri in an unregistered Camry car at about 2 p.m. were said to have traced a man, who came to the bank to deposit undisclosed amount.

Although no life was lost, some witnesses said the armed robbers, who were heavily armed, shot sporadically into the air to scare people away before breaking into the strong room where they succeeded in carting away undisclosed sums of money.

However, the police said did not succeed in carting away any money from the bank as they were repelled when they attempted to enter the bank premises.

According to police report, the superior fire power of the police prevented the robbers from breaking into the bank.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the robbery incident, which he described as an attempted robbery.

He said: “It was a customer that the robbers traced to the bank with their Camry car. They did not even enter as they were sighted by the policemen when they were approaching. The police suspected the Camry car that they came with.

“So the robbers retreated when they suspected that the policemen were at alert as they shot into the air which was countered by the police.”

Meanwhile, some bank customers have appealed to the Inspector General of Police to beef-up security at banks during the Christmas period.

The customers said the private security guards employed by banks may not be enough to provide adequate security during the yuletide.

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