The Commissioner of Police in his account of how the robbery attack was carried out said: “The operations started early in the morning, dressed in mufti and snatched a vehicle around Gbagada area with intent to use it to carry out robbery attack in certain places.
They were intercepted by the traffic policemen who were just resuming duty while they abandoned the vehicle and disappeared.
“The bandits now resurfaced around Ikeja-Agege axis in the afternoon, going round looking for places to rob. While they were doing that the police were on their trail looking out for them but police lost control of their whereabouts because the robbers were in possession of police walkie-talkie and were intercepting police conversations.
“A few minutes after that they succeeded in robbing a Bureau de Change at Agege and as they were coming out the police anti-robbery team and Rapid Response Squad, RRS, members who had already blocked all major highways on the instruction of the CP now intercepted them around Oba Akran Avenue and Ikeja under bridge. They succeeded in killing three of the policemen there in an exchange of fire.
“Some of the armed robbers were fatally wounded as there were blood stains at the scene after they escaped through the old toll gate.
Meanwhile, the CP has ordered a 24-hour surveillance and combing of all the nooks and crannies of the state in search of the fleeing bandits.
He has also directed Area Commanders and DPOs to comb all the areas under their jurisdiction with a view to arresting the bandits.