On February 22, 2017, a gang of four robbers wreaked havoc on Zenith bank branch in Owerri, killing some, injuring some and carted away some undisclosed amount of money from a customer whom they trailed to the premises.
Four months later in June, a 2:58 minutes CCTV footage, which shows a courageous officer, Chuwkwudi Iboko who engaged the robbers in a gun duel from a security post at the bank’s entrance.
However, Iboko sustained multiple gunshot wounds which led to his death. Another policeman, Agbo also died shortly after the attack while the third policeman, Sergeant Otu Attang, lost one of his eyes.
Zenith bank has said it would foot the medical bills of Sergeant Otu Attang, who lost one of his eyes during the attack. And also sponsor the education of the children of the late two cops, Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko and Sergeant Sunday Agbo.
Imo State CP, Ezike, during a press briefing at the command’s headquaters in Owerri, said the management of Zenith bank gave financial assistance for the burial expenses of the victims and released start-up business funds for the deceased families.Ezike noted that the bank also agreed to be giving monthly allowances to the families, including a promise of scholarship to any level of education for the children of the deceased officers.
He said that investigations led to the arrest of the robbery suspects, which included 36-year-old Justice Ogbonna, aka JJ; Abiye Charles; and Okechukwu Nwanegbo, aka Modestus.
The commissioner said the police recovered two AK-47 rifles and one AK-49 rifle with 175 rounds of ammunition from the suspects.
Also recovered were four cars – one Toyota Avalon, two Toyota Camry, and one Toyota Corrolla.
“Let me state for the avoidance of doubt that the trio of Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, Sergeant Sunday Agbo and Sergeant Otu Attang, remain our heroes. They were gallant, professional, and courageous; they displayed encouraging passion in defence of lives and property. The Nigeria Police Force, under the able leadership of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has not, did not and will not abandon them and/or their families.
“As you are well aware, the Nigeria Police Force is a Federal Government agency governed by laws, rules and regulations in all matters, including financial matters. Be rest assured, therefore, that the financial rights, entitlements, benefits and even privileges of these our own shall be fully paid, and on time too.
“The two deceased officers were recommended for posthumous promotion, while the injured officer was also recommended for a special promotion to his next rank. I am very confident that very soon, the Inspector-General of Police will graciously announce the promotions.
Similarly, the command is in constant touch with the families of the deceased officers. We have made and will continue to make financial assistance to cushion the effect of the loss of their loved breadwinners, Ejike said.”
He thanked Nigerians for their support since the security video went viral, saying the job of protecting lives and property could be hazardous.
The police boss said the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, had promised to meet the families of the policemen.