The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, yesterday disclosed that the police would confer posthumous promotion on two officers killed during a bank robbery in Owerri, the state capital.
The deceased police officers – Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko and Sergeant Sunday Agbo – were killed during a gun duel with armed robbers who attacked a branch of Zenith Bank located along Wedethral road in February.
The video of the bank robbery, which was captured by Closed Circuit Television Camera (CCTV), has already gone viral on social media. The two deceased officers have been recommended for posthumous promotion while the injured officer has also been recommended for special promotion to his next rank,’’ he said.
The police commissioner noted that police authority had not abandoned the families of the deceased officers, who “gallantly resisted the armed robbers and lost their lives in the process.”
He added that the state police command has awarded scholarship to children of the two policemen.Ezike also said the bank has promised to take care of the medical expenses of another police officer, Sergeant Otu Attang, who lost one of his eyes during the robbery attack.
He said: “We want to thank the bank for the financial assistance rendered for the burial expenses, release of start-up business funds for the families of the deceased officers, monthly allowances to the families, payment of hospital bills and the promise of scholarship to any level for the families of the deceased officers. You are our partners in the security project and we appreciate you even for understanding to bankroll the further treatment of our injured and gallant Sergeant Otu Attang.”
A group, Sparm Charity Foundation, led by its founder, John Abuchi Ekweano, yesterday donated N500,000, to the wife of the deceased.