Police have foiled a robbery attempt on the Esiama Ecobank branch in the Western Region following a distress call by residents in the area.
A statement issued by the police service said the robbers numbering about five engaged in a fierce gun battle with the policemen who arrived at the scene.
The statement said “In the wee hours of today, 13th February 2021 Police in Esiama foiled a robbery attempt on Ecobank Esiama branch in the Western Region when they responded to a distress call to the effect that robbers numbering about five had attacked the bank. Police proceeded to the scene where the robbers oexchange opened fire upon seeing the Police. Police returned fire, leading the robbers to flee into a nearby bush.
“Police rescued a private security man of the bank and another who was on duty at an adjacent ECG office (names of the security men withheld). Their hands had been tied behind them and legs also tied with ropes Police picked one AK 47 assault rifle with tempered serial number and 28 rounds of live ammunition from the direction of the bush where the robbers flee. Other items retrieved include an industrial cutter, crow bar, screw drivers, damaged padlocks and four BB spent shells,” the statement added.
The robbers according to the statement made their way into the banking hall after damaging the burglar proof and the glass door.
The police also managed to rescue two security men, one from the bank and another adjacent to the ECG office in the area.
Meanwhile the police have launched a search for the robbers.
They have urged residents to ensure they volunteer information and report any suspicious characters or especially those who present gunshot wounds to hospitals, clinics and herbalists for treatment.