- The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it has arrested some of the suspects while on the trail of one other
- The robbers allegedly attacked the staff of a company returning from the bank and killed a police escort
- The incident is confirmed by the police command in Lagos
The Lagos command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is reportedly on the trail of some gunmen who attacked a vehicle in the Amuwo Odofin area of the state and killed a police escort, identified only as Sergeant Musa.
The Punch reports that the robbers also injured the driver of the vehicle, whose name was given as Okoroafor, and escaped with N3 million after killing the police personnel that escorted two officials of a plastic raw materials company in a Nissan Almera to a Zenith Bank branch at Amuwo Odofin around 2pm to withdraw the cash.
According to the report, the staff of the company and the police escort were ambushed on Babangida road, Amuwo Odofin, and opened fire on the car.
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The report quoted a source in the community as saying the robbers had fled with the money before a police team arrived at the scene.
“The attack happened on Tuesday, March 13. Their car was on Babangida road that afternoon when the hoodlums, who were in another vehicle, intercepted them and shot continuously.
“The car was driven by a middle-aged man. There was an armed riot policeman and another man inside the car.
“Before the policeman could engage the robbers, he had been shot. The driver also sustained an injury. I heard the survivors saying that the robbers escaped with the N3 million they collected at Zenith Bank,” the resident said.
It was learnt that a police source also confirmed the attack adding that the survivors were officials of a firm that dealt in plastic raw materials on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway.
“The late cop was attached to the police mobile force 20, Ikeja, from where he was posted to the company. The unhurt occupant of the car is the accountant of the company. The policeman had escorted them to Zenith Bank at Amuwo Odofin to withdraw N3 million.
“They were on their way back to the company when the hoodlums attacked them. The policeman died at a private hospital in FESTAC,” the police source reportedly said.
The police public relations officer in Lagos state, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident and the killing of the policeman adding that the robbers had been rounded up.
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“The robbers in that incident have been arrested and we have recovered the rifle of the policeman. The suspects are helping the police to track their fleeing member. We are closing in on him," he said.
The PPRO says the investigation would not look away from a clue that there could be an insider information from the bank.
“Without an insider, there won’t be an outsider. We will leave no stone unturned,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that there was confusion in Offa, a town housing a federal polytechnic in Kwara state, on Thursday, April 5, as heavily armed robbers reportedly raided some banks and shot sporadically leading to chaos among residents and customers.
The report said that some of those who were killed in the incident included policemen, complainants, bank customers and market people.
The robbers also reportedly carted away huge amounts of money. According to the report, the bandits, entered the town around 4:45pm and operated till about 5:40pm after blocking roads from both Ilorin and Osogbo ends. They were said to have escape through Igosun area of the town.
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