Robbers on motorcycle shoot policeman in Lagos

A two-man robbery gang has attacked a man suspected to
be carrying a huge amount of money in a polythene bag.
The robbers were said to have killed a motorcyclist, while a
policeman is feared dead.It was learnt that the incident occurred on Thursday in the
FESTAC area of Lagos.
According to sources, the robbers trailed the man from an
unknown destination and accosted him at Apple Junction,
where they dispossessed him of the money.
While some sources said a civilian and a policeman,
attached to FESTAC police division, were shot and killed in
the process, others said a commercial motorcycle operator,
who was at the scene of the incident was killed.
A car wash attendant, who spoke to our correspondent, said
two people were killed during the operation ─ a policeman
and a commercial motorcycle rider.
According to him, the police man was gunned down when
the robbers were escaping from the scene of crime.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said, “The
robbers came on a motorcycle. They robbed the man and
then killed the motorcycle rider who tried to help the victim
escape with the money.
“The policeman was not killed at Apple Junction; he was
shot at Durban Junction, while they were trying to escape.”
A police source who spoke on the condition of anonymity,
however, said no policeman was killed, adding that the
policeman only sustained injuries while running to avoid
being hit by stray bullets.
He said, “Robbers on a motorcycle accosted a man, who
had some money in a polythene bag at Apple Junction. The
man threw the bag away and took to his heels. A motorcycle
rider, who was at the scene, took the bag and attempted to
escape. The robbers opened fire and killed the rider.
“They started shooting sporadically in an attempt to escape
and everybody started running helter-skelter, including
some policemen in the area. One of the policemen fell and
sustained injury while trying to escape.”
Confirming the incident, the Lagos State Police Public
Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said a policeman
was shot and was responding to treatment.
In a text message sent to our correspondent on Monday,
Nwosu said, “The policeman, who engaged the armed
robbers, is responding to treatment.
“We are on the heels of the hoodlums with a view to
arresting and prosecuting them.”


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