By Evelyn Usman
Three dead bodies, suspected to be those of members of a six-man robbery gang that engaged a team of policemen in a shoot-out, weekend, along Lekki/Ajah area of Lagos, were yesterday discovered in a bush close to the confrontation scene.
A suspected member of the robbery gang was at the early hours of Sunday morning killed during a gun battle, bringing the total number of the suspected members of the robbery gang killed to four.
The bandits who were armed with sophisticated weapons, as gathered, stormed a building at Majek, along Lekki/Ajah express road at about 1 a.m. on three motorcycles. While two of them reportedly positioned themselves outside, apparently to confront any intruder, the rest made effort to bore a hole through the wall.
But in the process, policemen from Ajah division led by the Divisional Police Officer, Mr Ekpo Usong, who acted on a tip off, stormed the scene.
Sighting the policemen, the robbers reportedly opened fire in the process of which a member of the gang was killed while others said to have sustained bullets wounds managed to escape.
However, at about 7 a.m. yesterday, some policemen were said to have combed the entire area where they trailed some blood stain to a near-by bush, only to discover three dead bodies suspected to be those of the robbery gang they earlier engaged.
Confirming the incident, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, said another member of the gang who managed to escape from the scene, was arrested by policemen from Lagbansa division with bullet wounds. The suspect who later identified himself as Ahmed Anifowoshe, he said, was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
â€œThe suspect of no fixed address in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State has volunteered to make useful statement,â€ Mba said, adding that two operational motorcycles, two short guns with 10 live ammunition and house breaking implements such as chisel and iron cutter were recovered at the end of the confrontation.