Two gunmen were killed and a third one arrested after a deadly fire exchange with the men of the police force, on Monday.
The robbery-gang who unleashed mayhem on Okunola Road, Idimu, Lagos State had robbed a police inspector.
The inspector had just left a commercial bank in the area when he was waylaid and dispossessed of his money and shot in the jaw. This incident occurred around 11.45am.
However, luck ran out on the gunmen as a patrol team attached to the Anti-Pipeline Vandalism Intelligence Unit, engaged the robbers in a shootout as they made to escape from the scene.
Two of the gunmen were allegedly killed and the third member of the gang arrested., according to Punch, 2 pistols were recovered from the gang.
An eyewitness named Ramoni, gave an account of the incident:
“The incident happened around 11.45am. All of us suddenly heard gunshots down the road and we knew it was a robbery operation. Everyone was confused. The robbers, who came on a motorcycle, had first robbed a bank customer, before waylaying the inspector.
“The patrol team engaged the robbers and killed two of them. They dragged their corpses into the van. The third suspect also sustained injuries, but he was arrested. It was after the arrest that most of us went out to see what was happening. The shootings were intense.”
An anonymous police source stated that the corpses had been deposited in the morgue and the injured police inspector who was rushed to a general hospital, is responding to treatment.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident.
“On sighting the operatives, the robbers opened fire and the team responded during which two of the robbers were hit by bullets.
“They were confirmed dead in a hospital. The case has been transferred to SARS for further investigation.
“The suspect, Ismail, has been on the wanted list of the command for cases of armed robbery. Items recovered from the gang were two pistols, four live ammunition and one motorcycle,” SP Dolapo Badmos said.