The premises of a branch of the First Bank branch along Douglass Road, Owerri, Imo state capital was on Thursday thrown into pandemonium after policemen attached to the bank clashed with an officer of the Nigerian Air Force, who was at the bank for a transaction.
Sources who witnessed the clash disclosed that the air force officer sustained severe injuries and was rushed to the hospital.
Trouble, it was learnt, started when the military officer came to make use of the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) on the bank premises, but was prevented from doing so by one of the policemen guarding the bank.
It was gathered that the policeman told the air force officer that he was being denied access because he was bearing a firearm.
Apparently peeved on hearing the reason he was prevented from using the ATM, the camouflaged-clad officer resisted the police officer immediately.
This led to heated exchange of words, which later degenerated to a fight.
It was learnt that the military officer was shot in the process.
It was also gathered that the colleague of the shot Airforce officer regrouped and immediately stormed the bank premises, leading to a free for all fight and shooting by the police officers and the Airforce personnel.
However, it took the combined efforts of senior police officers and military police officers to calm the situation.
The vicinity was further awash in pandemonium as other banks immediately shut down operations, while traders on the road closed shops.