No policeman was killed in botched Owerri robbery incident’
The Imo State Commissioner of Police (CP) Taiwo Lakanu, has said that no policeman or innocent civilian was killed during the shootout that followed the attempted robbery operation at Zenith Bank, along Wethedral Road, Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday.
Lakanu, who spoke with journalists in Owerri yesterday, said it was untrue as reported in some newspapers that about three policemen and two civilians were killed by the armed robbers during the operation.
He also discountenanced the report that the robbers gained entry into the bank, noting that only one policeman was wounded in his thigh while two officers sustained minor injuries.
The cop said he received a call from the bank manager about the operation before he mobilized his officers for action at the area. “I restricted my men from shooting because of the public. We arrived there on time. The whole thing happened outside the bank.”
Lakanu said one of the robbers who was killed had an AK47 with ammunition recovered by his men. The robbers, numbering about four, had attempted to pursue a customer who was going to lodge some huge sums into the bank before they met stiff resistance from the police.