Robbers Shoot Policeman In Church
Armed robbery suspects yesterday invaded a telecommunication shop owned by the Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Abakaliki carting away computer sets and other equipment owned by the church.
The eyewitness who said the robbers invaded the church at about 12 noon pretended to be customers, “while the sales attendants were about to attend to them, one of the robbers brought out a gun and ordered them to lie down and silently carted away the telecommunication items”.
The eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, said after robbing the shop, the robbers made to go away but one of the sales attendant stood up and went after them, raising the alarm.
He said: “At that point, a policeman who was in the church premises to procure a herbal medicine caught hold of one of the robbers but the other one shot him officer on the left hand”.
“The robbers, having succeeded in shooting the police officer, raced to their waiting vehicle where two other members of the gang where waiting in the vehicle and zoomed off un-caught”.
“To ease his escape, one of the robbers threw away two laptops he carted away”.
Some of the items carted away by the hoodlums included computer sets, i-Pads, laptops, digital cameras, hand sets and other information technology facilities worth millions of naira.
When contacted, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, ASP, Chris Anyanwu, confirmed the incident.
Anyanwu said that the shot police officer was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Abakaliki.