Policeman killed, many injured as robbers raid bank in Ogun
A gang of armed robbers in a Commando style,
raided a bank in Agbara, Ogun State yesterday
A policeman was killed and many people were
Sources said other people were also shot dead, but
it could not be confirmed last night.
There are also various accounts of how the
robbers stormed the area.
The gang, believed to comprise about 20 members
â€“ some of them women, others in hoods â€“ in one
of the accounts, stormed the industrial estate,
which houses about 10 branches of banks on
motor bikes and a Camry car hijacked a few
minutes earlier from the owner.
They shot sporadically in the air as they headed for
one of the banks.
They smashed the entrance door with explosives,
held members of the staff hostage as they carted
away millions of naira. They escaped.
Eyewitnesses reckoned that the robbers spent not
less than 40 minutes before the police intervention.
They were said to have escaped through the water
way in Agbara after a gun battle with policemen.
A policeman attached to the bank was killed. An
expectant woman who was shot in the leg by the
robbers, was taken to the hospital.
A bank official said a lot of cash was stolen.
It was learnt that the Camry Salon the armed
bandit came with was snatched about 30 minutes
from a man who was taking his children to school.
The man, who pleaded not to be named, said: â€œI
was taking my children to school when some guys
stopped me at Ilase. They pointed a gun at me and
asked me to step out of the car. I had to obey them
because they were with a gun.â€
An eyewitness said: â€œI was on my way to withdraw
money with the ATM. I was three buildings away
from the bank when I started hearing gun shots.
People started running. I ran into another bankâ€™s
building. It was close enough for me to see what
was going on outside. I saw guys with motor cycles
and one car. I noticed there were two ladies and
some covered their faces.
â€œThere were about 15 of them that I saw. I saw the
Quick Response Squad Armored carrier in front of
the bank and the robbers were shooting at the
carrier, which was bullet proof.
After a gun battle, the robbers fled and the police
took over the scene. We saw the dead policeman,
some injured bank workers and an expectant
woman shot in the leg.â€
Another account said the robbers arrived at
Agbara in two speed boats and hijacked two
vehicles- a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a bus â€“
and rode right through Agbara market to Bank
Road, which was their target.
It was gathered that they blew open the metal
doors and vaults at the bank with dynamite,
packing their loot, after holding the staff of the
banks hostage at gunpoint.
To ensure that no rescue operation would be
carried out, the gang stationed some of their
members at the entry and exit routes into the road.
A police armoured personnel carrier in the area
was riddled with bullets.
They made their getaway through the waterways,
carrying the stolen money in â€œGhana must go
According to an eyewitness account, the armed
robbers came into Agbara through the waterway
behind Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education
in Ijanikin; as early as 8am.
Ogun State Police Commissioner Abdulmajid Ali
did not comment.
But Lagos State Police Commissioner Fatai
Owoseni said: â€œResponding to the distress call,
policemen from Lagos Command cordoned off all
waterways in the area with aerial patrol covering
the entire route which they fled through.
â€œWe had surveillance mounted at the bridge at
Obadore, Agbara, and Ishashi while others
combed. We have helicopter patrolling the area.
â€œAt present they are being held up along the
waters. They have retreated and heading towards
Ogun State. We are at alert.â€
Bank customers were also robbed yesterday on 23
Road in Festac,Lagos, where there was a robbery
Lagos Police spokesman Joseph Offor, a Deputy
Superintendent of Police (DSP), said: â€œWhat
happened was that some robbers attacked a bank
customer and collected his money. They shot him
on the leg and fled. It happened on 23 Road.
â€œSo, three police patrol teams from Area E
Command and the Festac Division learnt of the
incident and divided themselves across different
roads in pursuit of the criminals.
â€œThose who went to Seventh Avenue met some
hoodlums shouting at a man driving a Honda
Accord. The soldiers on hearing the shout of thief,
thought the man was the thief and opened fire on
â€œIn the process, two civilians, two policemen and a
soldier were shot. The two civilians, including the
vehicle owner, died but the security personnel are
responding to treatment,â€ Offor said.
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