The Nigeria Police did a yeoman’s job today, Wednesday November 25, 2015 when some of its officers engaged some armed robbers in a shoot out and killed five suspects in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), apart from the suspect killed during the fierce gunbattle, one of them was arrested alive with bullets wounds.
Police sources informed that the suspects had engaged policemen from Elemoro Division in Ajah during the severe shootout, and five of them lost their lives on the spot.
The source said: “The police in Elemoro got information that the suspects were operating at Abule Parapo, opposite Awoyaya in Elemoro area of Ajah around 2 a.m.
“The suspects engaged the police in a shootout as soon as they saw them. Two locally made double barrel shot guns, one cutlass and iron cutter was recovered from them.
“The gang had been terrorising residents of Ajah, robbing and raping women.”
After the shootout, the corpses of the dead and the injured suspects were reportedly taken to the Lagos state police command headquarters, Ikeja at about 12.15 pm, NAN reports.
The case has since been taken over from SP Sani Limawa, the Divisional Police Officer at Elemoro by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for further investigation.
DSP Joseph Offor, the police spokesperson, when contacted, noted that he was yet to get a report on the issue.
There have been incessant reports of robbery incidents in Lagos in recent weeks, and the policemen have been saddled with the responsibility of bringing it to a halt as only recently, a man was robbed in his house at the Ilasamaja area of the state.