Two policemen killed in Lagos bank robbery

BY EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS — Robbers, numbering about 12, in the early hours of yesterday, stormed the Iju Ishaga branch of a new generation bank, killing two policemen during a shoot-out said to have lasted 15 minutes.

However, the Police said only one of their men was killed while a member of the gang was also gunned down.

The armed gang, as gathered, also carted away an undisclosed amount of money.

The bandits were said to have stormed the bank at about 3 a.m. in two vehicles. While some of them reportedly remained outside to ward off intruders, others scaled through the fence and tied the night guards. They were said to have, thereafter, fired some shots at the Automated Teller Machine, ATM.

The gunshots alerted some policemen on patrol around the area,  who reportedly raced to the scene.

But on sighting the policemen, the gang members stationed outside reportedly opened fire, thereby leading to a gun duel at the end of which two of the policemen died.

One of the slain policemen’s identity was given simply as Inspector Nafiu.

Two Amoured Personnel Carriers and combined teams of conventional and Mobile Policemen reportedly drafted from Area ‘G’ Command, Ogba, later arrived the scene, but the robbers had fled, leaving the dead policemen in the pool of their blood.

Following the incident, bank customers were directed to the Caterpillar, Ijaye Road branch of the bank for business transaction.

When Vanguard arrived the scene at about 10 a.m, some management staff from the bank’s headquarters were seen inspecting the building, part of which was riddled with bullets.

Shells of expended bullets were taken away by policemen from Area ‘G’ Command.

Effort to get the reaction of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, failed, as her phone rang without response.

Although a management staff from the affected bank’s headquarters confirmed the incident, he said the robbers were unable to break into the vault.

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