The widows of the two policemen shot dead by armed robbers at the Owerri branch of Zenith Bank Plc on Thursday have lauded the bank for rescuing them from hopelessness.

The widows have been compensated by the bank following public outcry after a video of the incident went viral, The Nation reports.

Five people, including the customer, two policemen attached to the bank, one security guard and one of the bandits died during the attack. The slain policemen were identified as Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko and Sunday Agbo.

It was learnt that the bank in April paid the two women the sum of N1.2 million each for their upkeep while they also got the sum of N300, 000 each as burial expenses.

The bank also awarded scholarships to the children of the deceased policemen, pledged additional sum of N60,000 monthly allowance. The allowance for the month of May has bèen paid to the widows

The intervention by the bank well before the CCTV recording of the robbery went viral early this month was not made public.

In a telephone conversation with The Nation, Iboko’s widow, Rose, thanked the management of Zenith Bank for coming to their rescue in time.

She said;

“I want to thank Zenith Bank for coming to our aid. In April, the bank paid the sum of N1.5 million as financial assistance to cover the burial expenses and upkeep.

“The bank also paid me the sum of N60,000 as allowance in May with a promise to sustain the payment on a monthly basis, and they gave us a letter to back their promises.

“However, the one that gladdens my heart the most is the scholarship they have given to my seven children. My eldest child is just 15 and he is in SS 2 in a college.”

Also speaking with The Nation correspondent on the telephone, Agbo’s widow, Blessing, commended the bank’s gesture, saying;

“The bank (Zenith) has been very caring to us. I am thanking the bank for the kind gesture extended to us so far.

“The bank called me and the other policeman’s widow (Rose) and offered our children scholarships.

“Apart from that, they gave us N300,000 each for burial expenses and a sum of N1.5 million each for our upkeep.

“We also received the sum of N60,000 allowance each in May, which the bank has promised to give us every month.

“I believe that they will do as they have promise, because there is a letter to that effect.”

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