By CrossRiverWatch admin
A policeman on duty at a popular and fast growing micro finance bank in Cross River State, Ekondo Bank, was shot dead by armed robbers today at Oban in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The incident which occurred around 11am this morning, according to an eye witness left the community in shock and trepidation as it was the first of its kind in the quiet and serene border community with Cameroon.
According to the eyewitness who did not want to be named for security reasons, “I was on my way to the Dansa Pineapple farm at Oban, on our way, anxious residents of Oban community were panicking and stopping us, urging us to go back, that robbers just robbed Ekondo Bank and killed a policeman and that if we drive further we may meet them on the way.
“We, having learnt that the robbers had gone, drove to the bank premises. The bank has no fence because the community is a village. We parked somewhere in the compound and went into the banking hall. Our intention was to help. When we heard a policeman was shot dead, our thoughts were that maybe he might be in comma and may just need to be rushed to the hospital, so we got to the bank and saw the manager who informed us that the robbers numbering three came into the bank, one stood outside and the others went inside while one of them went straight to the room where the police security usually stays and shot him at close range and killed him.
“I saw the body of the dead policeman lying faced down and the manager said the robbers carted away about 1.5m or thereabout. I wanted to take pictures but the manager stopped me from doing that and we quickly drove away” he said.
When CrossRiverWatch contacted the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Hogan Bassey, this evening, he said the State Command was not yet aware of the development.
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