- Suspected armed robbers have raided Zuba community in Abuja, the nation's capital
- The incident, according to an eye witness account, happened on Thursday, May 21
- An innocent man was killed while a police sergeant was severely injured
Suspected armed robbers have shot dead a middle-aged man, Hussain Ibrahim, and injured a mobile police sergeant, Idris Ibrahim, in the Gofidna community along Zuba-Dei-Dei road, Abuja.
Daily Trust reports a resident of the community, Kabiru Adamu, said the incident happened on Thursday, May 21, when the robbers with sophisticated weapons and machetes, invaded the community.
Legit.ng gathered that Adamu said the deceased tried to engage the robbers after a resident raised an alarm, adding that one of the robbers shot him in the stomach and he died instantly.
He said the robbers proceeded to the house of a mobile police sergeant in the area and inflicted injuries on him with machetes.
He further said the robbers who operated for nearly an hour amid sporadic gunshots, also attacked some houses and dispossessed their victims of valuables and money.
The report noted that the Dakachi of Gofidna, Sumaila Tukura, confirmed the incident, saying the robbers held residents of the community hostage for an hour.
Tukura said because of the gunshots, he ordered someone to put on the generator of the central mosque in order to brighten the community.
He said: “It was the light that scared the robbers away.”
He further said five of the suspected robbers were arrested at their hideout in a thick forest some few metres away from the community after members of the vigilante mobilised to trace them.
The Zuba Divisional Police Officer (DPO), CSP Alkali Lamido, was said to have confirmed the incident, saying five suspects had been arrested in connection with the robbery.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the robbery attacks in some areas in Lagos and Ogun states, some residents of the areas have shared their experiences.
It was reported that many communities in Lagos and Ogun state became theatres of operations for criminals and hoodlums during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The men of the underworld looted shops, robbed innocent citizens and people have been living in perpetual fear and anxiety.
The areas most affected include but not limited to Agege, Abule Egba, Iyana Ipaja, Sango, Kola, Ijaye, Lambe and Ifo township.
It was gathered that residents especially the youths have resulted in self-help by mobilising themselves into various vigilante groups and street guards for effective policing of their communities as the invaders have devised means of outsmarting the police.