Police officer, armed robbers dead as security operatives repel 15-man bank robbery in FCT


By Seyi Babalola

A police inspector and two armed robbers were killed during a bank robbery in Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Thursday.

The armed robbers allegedly attacked both the bank and the police divisional headquarters.

The 15 armed robbers allegedly used explosives to harm their targets.

However, security personnel deployed to the location engaged the culprits in a ferocious gunfight, killing some of the armed robbers.

According to a statement issued on Friday by the FCT command’s spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, several thieves escaped the scene injured, while three were apprehended.

She described the arrested individuals as Usman (surname unknown), Nuhu Musa, and Muhammed Aminu.

Adeh said that a yet-to-be-identified suspect was set on fire by a mob at the scene after being neutralized by security officers.

“In swift response to an armed robbery incident at First Bank Plc in Abaji on June 13, 2024, at about 5 pm, the FCT police, led by the commissioner of police, CP Benneth Igweh, himself, in a combined operation with the military, mobilised to scene and repelled the attack simultaneously carried out on both Abaji Divisional Police headquarters and First Bank Plc in Abaji by a group of 15 armed men who attacked with dynamites in attempt to rob the bank.

“The security forces engaged the armed robbers in an intense gun duel, forcing them to scamper to safety with various degrees of bullet wounds, as the security forces succeeded in apprehending three suspects, namely, Usman (surname yet unknown), who was reported to be the gang leader, Nuhu Musa, 41 ‘m’ of Kogi State; and Muhammed Aminu, 25 ‘m’ of Abaji, with grave degrees of bullet injuries, while a yet-to-be-identified suspect was set ablaze by an irate mob at the scene after being neutralised by the security forces.”

She mentioned that a police officer who was shot during the operation was pronounced dead at the hospital where he was taken.

“One police operative and the gang leader hit by a bullet during the gun duel were rushed to the hospital, and the doctor on duty confirmed them dead, while others are still receiving treatment.

“While a search operation is ongoing to apprehend fleeing suspects with bullet injuries, the commissioner of police FCT lauds the effectiveness of the combined operation and reaffirms the command’s unflinching commitment to ensuring that FCT remains inhabitable for criminals, noting that the safety of the residents of FCT is non-negotiable.”

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