By Kunle Adedoyin
Three armed men operating in a motorcycle brazenly staged a daylight robbery operation in Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, resulting in a shoot-out with the Police, Vanguard reported.
The robbers had struck in a GSM shop along Adeola Odeku and tried to shoot their way out of the scene. Reports said that the hoodlums also accosted a man who just withdrew huge sums of money from a nearby bank and forcefully snatched the money from him before attempting to escape.
Unfortunately for them, policemen from both Ikoyi division, Onikan and other adjoining areas had converged after receiving information about their operation.
As soon as the robbers sited the policemen, they engaged them in a heavy shootout as they tried to make their escape on their motorcycle while shooting indiscriminately.
This resulted in pandemonium which made it impossible for the police team to meet up with the fleeing robbers.
Eyewitnesses said while the robbers made their way out of the robbery vicinity, the policemen were closely following them.
The police team, according to sources, had stern directives to avoid casualties while trying to apprehend the robbers. The policemen professionally monitored them keenly as they meandered through the heavy traffic along their way of escape through Awolowo Way and Falomo area.
While this was going on, motorists stuck in the traffic were running helter skelter in order to avoid being hit by volleys of bullet being released by the robbers.
However, the robbers at a junction near Falomo shot an Assistant Superintendent of Police and a female Inspector who were busy controlling traffic. They also shot and wounded another commercial motorcyclist who ran into their way along the route.
Police sources said while they were escaping from Falomo axis, one of them fell off his motorcycle and was promptly arrested while the rest fled through the adjoining bridge and disappeared to an unknown place.
The wounded ASP and Inspector were promptly rushed to a nearby hospital where the ASP was pronounced dead while the Inspector is still recuperating in the hospital. The commercial motorcyclist whose identity could not be ascertained as at press time, died on the spot.
Police sources said that a crack team of policemen from the Special Anti Robbery Squad has been deployed to the area and beyond to fish out the fleeing robbers. It was gathered that the mysterious way the robbers disappeared around the bridges in Falomo fuelled speculations in security circles that they may not have gone far out of the scene of the attack.