Customers at one of the commercials banks in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday ran for their lives following heavy shootings by the police in the area.
The officers who were guarding the bank along New market road reportedly shot sporadically into the air to control the crowd and restore peace within the bank premises.
The Daily Vendor gathered that the crowd who besieged the bank as early as 7am suddenly became rowdy and disorganized, which led to police intervention.
One of the customers who pleaded anonymity said the Police was compelled to resort to gun-shots to restore sanity to the area.
He said, “I came to the bank about 6.30 am but had stayed up to two hours without being paid. We queued up and as the crowd surged, the queues became disorganized and efforts by Police to control the crowd were in vain.
“As last resort, the police started shooting into the air to scare the crowd and restore peaceful atmosphere in the bank.”
The man however disclosed that one of those causing the disorder was immediately arrested and whisked away to the Onitsha Central Police Station.
Another customer, a woman who simply identified herself as Mama Obinna, said she ran away on hearing the shootings to save her life.
“It was at this juncture of the shooting that I ran away to avoid being hit by stray bullet, she stated.