Police nab Lagos airport robbers

By Ifeanyi Okolie

LAGOS—LAGOS State Police Command’s manhunt for the robbery gang that, three weeks ago, raided Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, killing two policemen and injuring several others, has led to the arrest of some members of the gang, Vanguard learnt yesterday.

Information available to Vanguard revealed that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, who took over investigations, following a directive from the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar.

The operatives, who acted on a tip-off, as gathered, arrested the bandits from their respective hideouts within Lagos.

So far, the suspects were said to have confessed during interrogation on how they planned and carried out the operation.

Vanguard gathered that the suspects first raided the airport in February 2012, where N700 million was carted away.

It would be recalled that a 10-man robbery gang, armed with sophisticated weapons, invaded the airport on March 13, 2013 at 9am and headed for the Bureau De Change, BDC, operators centre near the car park, firing indiscriminately.

During a shoot-out with a team of policemen attached to the airport, two policemen were reportedly gunned down while a member of the gang was also killed.

The fire fight, however, prevented the robbers from reaching their target. Vanguard gathered that the suspects may be paraded today.

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