Abakaliki -Two policemen were shot dead by bandits, yesterday, during a raid at a new generation bank in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Reliable sources told newsmen that the bank, located near the new Central Bank Cash Office, came under intense gunfire for several hours, leading to the death of the two police corporals.
The sources said that the robbers failed to go away with money, but noted that the windows to the security post were shattered by bullets.
Some staff of the bank were also reported to have sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries during the raid.
When contacted, Mr. John Eluu, Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer,PPRO, confirmed the incident.
He said: “Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni, Commissioner of Police in the State, has directed that all necessary measures be adopted to ensure that the armed robbers were apprehended within 24 hours.
“We assure of the Command’s resolve to provide effective security of lives and property of residents.”
The incident is among a series of robberies in Abakaliki within the past week.
A huge amount of money was also stolen from a trader at the popular Meat Market in the town, recently.
Sources said the trader was shot severely and is reportedly in critical condition at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Abakaliki.
Similarly, another robbery incident occurred at St. Patrick’s Road in the city, involving a nursing mother who lost money and other valuables to the thieves.