By IFEANYI OKOLIE
Two members of a six-man robbery gang said to be specialists in terrorising customers of popular eateries around Lagos were, yesterday, killed during an exchange of gunfire between members of the gang and the police at Allen area of Ikeja, Lagos State.
Two members of the gang were also arrested at the end of the gun battle, while four cut-to-size double barrel guns and 20 live ammunition were recovered from them.
Also, six persons have been arrested by the police in connection with the violent communal clash that engulfed the Ajah area of Lagos State over control of motor parks last week.
The clash was between Ilaje and Ajah residents, which resulted in the killing of three persons while buildings and valuable property were destroyed.
Vanguard gathered that the alleged bandits met their waterloo when they attempted to rob a popular eatery located at Allen junction.
The bandits were said to have stormed the eatery around noon, attempting to rob both operators and customers of the eatery.
Sources said the police at Ikeja Divison and Area F Command in Ikeja, got a distress call and raced to the scene.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, said the police on arrival at the scene positioned themselves strategically, while the bandits, in their bid to escape, opened fire on the policemen. The policemen responded promptly.
Lagos State Command Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Ngozi Braide, while confirming the report said two other members of the gang escaped with bullet wounds.
He urged members of public to be on alert and always report suspicious movement around their areas to the police.
Reacting on the latest development in the Ajah violence, the PPRO said traditional title holder in the community was among the people arrested.
She stated that normalcy had been restored and policemen from several formations had been drafted to the area.