An unnamed micro finance bank located in the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Owerri as well as the offices of Arik and Air Peace Airlines in Imo State, were Friday, reportedly raided by suspected armed robbers.
Reports claim that over N20m and other valuables were carted away in the robbery operation that allegedly lasted just a few minutes.
An eye witness, whose name was not mentioned, alleged that the armed robbers, who besieged the airport in two unmarked vehicles, overpowered the security men attached to the bank.
According to the undisclosed source, the noise of banging of doors and windows by the robbers coupled with their gunshots scared people away from the scene.
In the same vein, an employee of Arik, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, said their offices were broken into, while company and personal valuables of the workers were stolen.
He said, “We are still in shock how the robbers could have been able to operate freely without being challenged, with the number of security men at the Airport.
“This calls for serious concern because if the Airport cannot be safe, where else can be?” the Arik employee asked.
The Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, who confirmed the incident, said it was a case of burglary.
According to him, “We got the report that some hoodlums broke into a Micro Finance Bank at the airport, but we did not get any report that they removed cash and no one was killed or wounded.
“Already investigation is ongoing and the two security men attached to the bank are currently being interrogated,” Enwerem noted.