2nd April, 2012
A gang of armed robbers Monday morning shot a police officer when they opened fire at a police post in Abeokuta, Ogun state, southwest Nigeria.
The robbers had snatched about N3.5m from an oil magnate in the early morning operation.
The attack took place barely 24 hours after a Lagos-bound bus from Enugu was hijacked by suspected armed robbers along Benin-Ore expressway axis of Ogun state on Sunday, and disposessed passengers, mostly female students returning home for the Easter break, of their valuables.
Our correspondent gathered that the police officer, who was simply identified as Mukaila was badly shot in the arm by the robbers who was reported to have made a u-turn a few metres away from a police stop and search point.
P.M.NEWS further gathered that the robbers had earlier snatched millions from an unidentified oil dealer at Panseke area of Abeokuta, opposite a popular eatery and immediately headed towards Adigbe road to link Obada Oko via Abeokuta/Lagos road.
Our correspondent was informed by an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity that a white Toyota Coaster bus whose registration number could not be identified and was ahead of the gang had alleged to have stopped at Opako bus stop in Adigbe area to alert the police team there of the robbery incident.
The gang it was gathered had zoomed past the team, only to realise that the occupants of the white bus might have informed the police about their operation.
The robbers, according to the source reportedly made a u-turn to confront the police team and started shooting at them.
It was during the shootout with the robbers that a bullet shot by the robbers hit Mukaila in the arm and wounded him badly.
It was also gathered that pandemonium broke out around the area as butchers and customers in the area took to their heels while some of them took cover in the stream down the slab.
When our correspondent visited the area around 12.30pm, a few motorists were seen plying the area as others avoided the area.
At five policemen were seen around the spot discussing the incident.
When our correspondent contacted them to comment on the incident, one of them just said,”my brother, you understand better, you know where and who to talk to.You are part of us, please call the right person and confirm everything from him.”
The Ogun State Police Command spokesman, ASP Muyiwa Adejobi when contacted by our correspondent on phone disclosed that someone just called him to brief him about the incident as he had not been officially informed.
He hinted that the command was still investigating the highway robbery that occurred during the weekend where some students coming from the eastern part of the country and were heading to Lagos were reportedly attacked by some robbers.
By Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta