By Emma Amaize
COMMERCIAL banks in Warri, Delta State, yesterday, resolved to close doors to customers, from today, following the withdrawal of mobile policemen from the banks on the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
This is coming three weeks after banks in Sapele took a similar step, citing the same reason. But the Sapele case had been resolved by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, while the banks had started operations.
A banker in Warri, who spoke to Vanguard on the condition of anonymity said, “we are facing serious insecurity with the withdrawal of policemen from banks in the town.” But the Delta State police spokesman, Mr Charles Muka,when contacted, yesterday wondered why the banks would make an issue out of the directive.
He said that adequate arrangement had been made by the police authorities to replace the withdrawn mobile policemen with conventional policemen, saying, “some people have the feeling that mobile policemen were better that the regular policemen and so, they do not want the latter.”
The police spokesman cleared the erroneous notion, adding that both the mobile and conventional policemen were trained on the same job of providing security.