- The police have confirmed an end to the siege by law enforcement agents on a bank branch in Abuja following a robbery incident
- Some armed robbers attacked the bank in Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Saturday, December 27
- The robbers, who arrived shooting, gained access into the bank but were blocked from leaving with their loot by a combined force of policemen and soldiers
- One of the robbers, who stepped outside, was sent back in with a hail of bullets and has been confirmed killed by police
Four members of an armed robbery gang that stormed a bank in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have been arrested while one of them was also confirmed killed.
Daily Trust reports that the spokesperson of the FCT police command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, confirmed that normalcy has been restored in the area just hours after the five-man gang stormed the area.
The bank confirmed the end of the horrible incident in an official statement. The management also assured that customers and staff of the institution were all safe and well.
"We wish to inform everyone that the attempted robbery incident that happened at one of our branches in Abuja has been foiled; customers and staff are unhurt, and the suspects have been apprehended.
"The immediate response by the police and military is very commendable and we truly appreciate them for their doggedness and commitment."
Legit.ng had reported earlier how a combined force of officers of the Nigeria Police Force and soldiers of the Nigerian Army trapped the daredevil armed robbers inside the bank in Abuja.
Channels TV confirmed the standoff on Saturday, December 27 in a singular tweet.
A Twitter user, @Oma_Yache tweeted an eyewitness video of the standoff which he said happened at Mpape area of the Federal Capital Territory.
Sahara Reporters provided a photo of the standoff outside the bank.
According to the online news medium, the robbers stormed the bank, shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away but instead attracted the attention of law enforcement agents.
Policemen and soldiers arrived on the scene just shortly after the thieves gained entrance into the bank. They positioned themselves close to the entrance of the bank effectively preventing the robbers from leaving with their loot.
One robber, daredevil enough to venture out of the bank, was shot by the law enforcement agents waiting on the outside.
The police has now confirmed that the robber died after he stumbled back into the bank with at least one gunshot wound.
The standoff attracted residents, who, as shown in the eyewitness video above, gathered to see how it all ended.
Legit.ng notes that the robbery incidence came just days after President Muhammadu Buhari specifically warned criminals, terrorists and armed gangs to steer clear and caution themselves as security operatives will be on guard to deal with anyone who tries to disrupt calm and order during and beyond the season.
He added that if the miscreants refuse to take heed to this warning, they will definitely meet their end.
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