A police Inspector, simply identified as Gabriel attached to the Police Mobile Squadron 22, who was a victim of an armed robbery operation carried out by a six-man daredevil armed robbery gang at Amukoko area at the weekend recounted his experience at the Hospital Bed of Lagos State General Hospital, Marina, Lagos.
Giving details on how the attack occurred, Gabriel who was shot twice on his leg said, “It was about 9.30am on Thursday and we were inside the bank premises at the Coker branch doing our job. Suddenly, we heard people shouting that armed robbers were coming and we came out with our rifles and took cover, waiting for the armed robbers.
“When they got to the front of the bank, they opened fire and we retaliated. They opened fire again and we retaliated. It was then I took cover under the vehicle.
“It was there that the bullet hit my right leg and hand. Immediately the bullet hit me, I felt weak as I was bleeding. I called my colleagues to help me and I was taken to the Mainland General Hospital.
“At the hospital, the chief security officer of the bank came to see me. The bank has promised to take care of the hospital bills from my medical treatment.”
Despite the gunshot wounds, Gabriel who commended the police for still arresting three of the six-man gang said he is not deterred.
He said, “I am not deterred. I have signed for this police work. I will still face robbers again if the opportunity arises.”
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State command, Fatai Owoseni had in the company of his Deputy, Fimihan Adeoye, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations and the state Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, visited the injured inspector at the weekend in the hospital.
After speaking to the inspector, Owoseni took out time to speak with the medical personnel on duty to ensure that quality medical care is dispensed to the policeman.
Already, Access Bank, where the inspector was deployed to cover, has taken over the welfare of the inspector who was shot in the exchange of gunfire, promising to clear all medical expenses.
Meanwhile, contrary to earlier reports that the Access bank branch at Orile was the target of the six-man daredevil armed robbery gang that terrorized the area, the robbers had a lone target.
The armed gang had trailed the woman, said to be a bureau de change operator, into the Odun Ade market and had robbed her of her money.
The gang had at about 10am stormed the street on six motorbikes and after a successful robbery; shot their way through, as they sped towards their escape route.
Their escape would have been smooth save for the gallantry of the policemen deployed by the Police Mobile Force (PMF) 22 to the bank, who intercepted the armed gang.
It was in an attempt to flee that they passed in front of Access bank and on sighting the policemen on duty who were already at alert, they opened fire on them.
The policemen were said to have retaliated, and this led to a gun duel that ended with the inspector being shot on the right hand and leg.
One of the gang members was also hit in the gunfire and with that, it was easier for the Ajegunle Police Division, who was deployed by Owoseni, to trail them.
The police were able to arrest three members of the gang, just as they are still on the trail of the remaining members of the gang.
In the same vein, the three arrested suspects are presently at the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the state police command, where they are undergoing interrogation.