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A suspected robbery gang on Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 stormed Zenith Bank branch along Wetheral road Owerri, Imo state capital, three Police men sustained various degrees of gun shot injuries,  one of the armed robbers was short dead, while five bank customers were injured by sporadic gunshots.

It was gathered that the four armed robbery gang arrived the bank with an ash colour Toyota Camry in a shoot out but eyewitnesses were skeptical about the success of the gang in carting away some amount of money as action of policemen attached to the bank who swiftly responded by gunning down one of the gang foiled the successful operation by the robbers.
The Spokesperson of the Police in the state, Mr Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the robbery incident, adding that the arrival of security operatives at about 1510hrs, on getting a distress call that zenith bank situated along Wetheral road Owerri was under attack. The Imo State police 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 that  prevented the armed robbers from stealing money.

According to the PPRO Imo State, "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 DSP Enwerem stated that "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."

Continuing Mr Enwerem posited that "others robbers escaped with serious gun shot injuries" and the "the wounded Policemen are receiving treatment in the hospital. Police operatives is intensifying patrols  for the arrest of the fleeing robbers. The robbers could not gain entrance into the banking hall following the swift response of Police operatives". he concluded.





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