In response to the growing bank robbery incident round the country,the Imo State Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike, as a counter measure has constituted a crack squad to confront the situation.
According to the Police Commissioner on Friday in owerri said that the outfit christened’bank Chain Patrol Squad’ has five squads and is headed by a Suprintendent of Police.
Following the April 5 robbery attacks on some banks in Offa, Kwara State, resulting in the killing of an estimated 50 persons, the Imo State Police Command has set up what it called bank chain patrol squads.
The CP, maintained that the command did not want to be caught unawares by the “criminal elements” who now see the nation’s deposit banks as “lucrative destination for deadly onslaughts,”.
Also, the CP said that the members of ‘bank Chain squad’ were operatives specially trained on counter bank robbery operations, and othersurvellance measures while assuring the citizenries that the state is safe for banking transaction.
Ezike said, “We don’t want what happened in Offa to happen here. We want to be pro-active than reactive.
“In Imo State, I have set up a squad known as bank chain patrol teams. They are made up of five teams. One squad led by a superintendent heads each of the teams.
“The squads move in chain. They don’t move separately. They begin by 8am and close by 4:30pm immediately the banks stop receiving customers.”
The CP went-on calling on Bank Managers to liasse with the squad to ensure that issues of security breaches in the banks are instantly dealt with.
You may recall that recently a robbery incident affecting banks in Offa,Kwara state took over 50 lives and threw the nation into mourning.