Vanguard (Lagos)

21 August 2002

Nigeria: Robbers Attack Commuter Bus, Kill Four in Lagos

A GANG of suspected armed robbers on Monday morning shot dead, at least, four persons including two policemen and wounded several others when they attacked a commercial bus which the policemen boarded at Town Planning Bus Stop along Ikorodu-Apapa expressway.

The police authority in Lagos however said that the policemen only sustained bullet injuries during the attack and are presently receiving medical treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos.

The incident happened barely twelve hours after a similar incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when fleeing armed men struck at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja killing a police sergeant on patrol duty and made away with his rifle.

According to eye witness account, the incident occurred at about 5.30 a.m. at Town Planning Bus Stop along Ikorodu road, when a Nissan bus which the policemen boarded was attacked by six armed men.

Subsequently, the armed men, on sighting the policemen, opened fire, killing one Corporal and an Inspector on the spot while the other occupants in the bus sustained bullets wounds.

The robbers also allegedly made away with the arms and ammunition of the policemen and an unspecified amount of money belonging to the other victims.

Confirming the incident, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCP) in charge of operation 1, Lagos State Command, Mr. Nibo Komonibo, said the policemen were on special duty in Lagos from Benin command when they were attacked by the six armed men at Town Planning Bus Stop.

According to Komonibo, "two policemen, an inspector and a Constable, attached to Benin Police Command, yesterday, around 5.30 a.m., while arriving from Benin with a robbery suspect, on investigation, boarded a bus at Ojota garage operated by a gang of suspected armed robbers.

The policemen who came to Lagos in a luxurious bus boarded a Fedeco commercial bus, Lagos State colour with other passengers, and on getting to Ilupeju by-pass, under the bridge near Town Planning bus stop, along Ikorodu road, the conductor of the bus pulled out a gun and asked everyone to surrender their money.

In the process, the policemen during the struggle with the armed men were overpowered. They shot the policemen along with other occupants in the bus, including the driver.

Two persons were confirmed dead on the spot while the policemen sustained gun shots wounds and are currently receiving medical treatment with other victims."

The Police further disclosed that the vehicle the robbers used, was earlier snatched from the owner on August 16, 2002 and had since been declared wanted.

He however, stated that investigation on the robbery incident has commenced with a view to arresting the suspects.

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