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Three dead as police, military foil bank robbery attempt in FCT


Picture from the scene of the bank robbery in Abaji, FCT

By Monday Ijeh

Three people were confirmed dead as the police in a combined operation with the military foiled a bank robbery attempt by a 15-man gang in Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT early Thursday morning.

Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT, Mr Benneth Igweh led the operation that foiled the robbery attempt, the Command’s spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh said s in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

According to the statement, a police operative and a member of the gang who sustained injury during the operation later succumbed to their injuries.

Also, another member of the gang was set ablze by the irate crowd after he was killed by security operatives.

Adeh said security forces had engaged the 15-man robbery gang in an intense gun duel after the robbers had attacked the bank with dynamite in an attempt to rob.

She said the gun duel forced the armed robbers to scamper to safety with various degrees of bullet wounds, while the security forces succeeded in apprehending three of the gang members.

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The FCT police spokesperson said the suspects were arrested with various degrees of bullet injuries.

According to her, a yet-to-be-identified suspect was set ablaze by an irate mob at the scene after being neutralised by the security forces.

“A police operative and the gang leader, with bullet injuries were rushed to the hospital, but later confirmed dead by the doctor on duty, while others are still receiving treatment,” she said.

She said search operation was still ongoing to apprehend fleeing members of the gang with bullet injuries.

Adeh said the commissioner commended the effectiveness of the combined operation, and reaffirms the command’s commitment to continue to make FCT unsafe for criminals. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)


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