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Robbery: Banks in Okigwe on 5 days strike

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NORMAL banking activities came to a halt on Monday, in Okigwe, Imo State, as workers in nine banks operating in the town embarked on a five-day warning strike to protest incessant armed robbery attacks on the banks.

Reports from the area said that customers who went to the banks for usual banking services on that day, were disappointed as they met doors of all the banks operating in the town under lock and key, with a notice that they would not operate during the week.

A member of Okigwe City Bank Managers' Forum, who spoke with reporters on the telephone on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the warning strike was declared by the forum to protest the recurring armed robbery attacks on the banks in Okigwe, which had lost several millions of naira in recent times.

According to him, the crime in the area was becoming unbearable, recalling the bank robbery involving nine banks in the town on April 21, this year that claimed seven persons including a staff of one of the banks and a huge amount of money carted away without any meaningful intervention by security operatives.