By Evelyn Usman
Three suspected members of notorious robbery gangs were yesterday killed in separate gun battle with policemen in Satelite Town and Iju areas of Lagos.
In one gun duel at Monkey village in Satellite area, report said a six-man robbery gang which specialised in attacking workers and traders who leave their houses as early as 5 a.m. operated as usual. Time was 5.30 a.m.
They were said to have dispossessed their victims of cash, mobile phones and other valuables. But the robbery gang met its waterloo when an anti-robbery patrol team from Satellite division stormed the scene.
Sighting the policemen, the robbers reportedly opened fire. However, during the gun duel which sent other road users on their heels ostensibly to avoid being hit by stray bullets, two suspected members of the robbery gang were gunned down while others reportedly managed to escape.
A locally made revolver pistol with four live ammunition, according to the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, was recovered at the end of the encounter.
Earlier, a five-man robbery gang had engaged a team of policemen in a gun duel in Iju area of the state. However, at the end of the encounter, a member of the gang was reportedly shot dead.
Explaining the circumstance that led to the death of the robbery suspect, Mba said: â€œAt about 2.15 a.m. yesterday, policemen from Area â€˜G â€™ Ogba andÂ Iju division received a distress call that some robbers were operating at Oriowu, close to Toyin Street in Iju. The policemen had a shoot out with the robbers at the end of which a member of the gang was gunned down. A locally made pistol was also recovered from the dead robber.â€
Both cases have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti for further investigation.
…as gunmen storm Gbenga Adeyinkaâ€™s residence, kill guard
Gunmen, yesterday, stormed the Ikorodu abode of frontline comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, shooting his security guard to death.
The robbers said to have been armed with sophisticated weapons, carted away an unspecified amount of money, his phones and other valuables, including his newly acquired ARMADA jeep.
The bandits numbering eight, as reliably gathered, comprised six men and two women. They were said to have stormed the barricaded house located on Zion Close at about 4 a.m.
Vanguard reliably gathered that after much difficultly to break into the premises, the robbers bore a hole on the wall through which they gained entry and thereafter, pulled the trigger that snuffed life out of the night guard, apparently for refusing to open the gate.
They were said to haveÂ cut the burglary proof of the widow in the sitting room before making their way in. It was also gathered that members of Gbengaâ€™s family were all asked to lie flat and submit all the phones in their custody. In the process, Gbenga was reportedly hit with a bottle on the head, with blood gushing out.
While two members of the gang remained with their victims in the sitting room, three others were said to have ransacked the rooms where an unspecified amount, jewelry and other valuables were taken, while the rest positioned themselvesÂ outside to confront any intruder.
At the end of the operation, the bandits were said to have asked for the key to Gbengaâ€™s ARMADA jeep which was acquired barely six months ago. They reportedly zoomed off in the jeep with their loot.
The Lagos StateÂ Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba who confirm the robbery said the Nissan ARMADA jeep was later recovered around Ogudu.
On why the police did not arrive the scene while the operation lasted, Mba said the police were not informed on time. Aside that, he said Gbengaâ€™s house is located in an isolated area which made it impossible for patrol policemen to get wind of the robbers presence.
Said he : â€œ It is unfortunate because the location of the house and the terrain made it difficult. But the major reason was that there was no distress call and when Policemen at Ogudu were eventually alerted, they chased the robbers and on reaching Ogudu, met the jeep abandoned. We are still on the trail of the fleeing robbersâ€
Mba confirmed that Gbenga was in a good condition of health.