The popular market junction in Port Harcourt is no longer what it used to be. Armed robbers now operate in day light, monitoring and attacking bank customers coming from a new generation bank located in the area.
An eyewitness who spoke to TNN on condition of anonymity said a customer who withdrew a large sum of money was trailed by four armed men who cornered him at the traffic light, jumped out of their vehicle, hooded themselves and opened fire with an AK 47 riffle.
She said that they shot sporadically into the air and at the vehicle which shattered the body and tyres, thereby demobilizing it.
The victim although not shot was lifeless as a result of shock. The robbers got there, collected the money and car key and then vanished.
They came with a black coloured Toyota Corolla car while the victim had an ash coloured Toyota highlander jeep.
She further said that it has been a regular occurrence with the culprits escaping without arrest.
She appealed to law enforcement agents to be on guard to forestall such incidents and bring tranquillity to the area.
“This is what happens around the Rumuomasi roundabout every time. The robbers love to visit this area, and in the afternoon. They rarely visit at night. Their target has always been the new generation banks located around the junction.”
“Even though there are two banks in the area, the robbers take pleasure in visiting one of them more often.” “Sometime ago, a man who withdrew half a million in cash was ambushed just a few metres after he left the premises of the bank.”
“The robbers fired bullets into his car, forcing him to abandon the money for them. They left with the car and the money also.” She narrated.
But another victim who was attacked by men of the underworld as he stepped out of another new generation bank in the same Rumuomasi area was not that lucky. He was said to have tried to argue with the robbers when they fired his head. He lost his life, his money and his car. The robbers zoomed off unchallenged.
When TNN put a call across to the police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) Nnamdi Omonir to get his reaction on the developments, Omoni said he was not aware of the incidents and would need to be briefed before he could comment.