Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
A customer using the ATM
One person was shot dead and unconfirmed number of bank customers injured as gunmen, suspected to be armed robbers, stormed an Automated Teller Machine, ATM, along Ada George road in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, at the close of work Monday.
Eyewitnesses told P.M.NEWS correspondent that the gunmen who may have carried out adequate surveillance on the bank staff and timed the loading of the ATMs struck at the nick of time.
According to the sketchy account, the gunmen arrived at the ATMs in an SUV and opened fire sporadically killing one person at a pointblank range while other bank customers and the bank staff sustained bullet wounds.
“As soon we saw them park their jeep, we thought that they had come to make some withdrawals. Immediately they emerged from the jeep clutching AK 47, they started shooting at anything in sight but targeting the bank staff loading the ATMs.
“Customers scampered for safety. Some people may have been injured by stray bullets,” an eyewitness narrated.
At press time, it was not clear if the robbers succeeded in carting away cash in the ensuing melee.
The Rivers State Police Command through the Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmad Muhammad, confirmed the incident but could not confirm any casualty. …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper