By Evelyn Usman
Attempts by an 18-man trans-border robbery gang to unleash terror on some banks and bureau de-change operators at Seme, a border town in Lagos State was foiled by security agents from Nigeria and Benin Republic in the early hours of yesterday.
In the resultant shootout, which lasted close to 20 minutes, six suspected members of the gang were killed, three others were arrested, while others escaped with bullet wounds through the waters.
One speed boat, six loaded magazines, 883 live ammunition, dynamite and other dangerous weapons, such as house-breaking implements, were recovered.
The bandits attempted to enter into the country Wednesday evening, but were repelled by eagle-eyed joint security operatives.
They retreated and returned by sea yesterday. Their openly-displayed weapons were said to have given them away.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who visited the scene in the company of the Regional Director, Department of Police, Benin Republic, Ogouchoro Severin; Customs Area Controller, Seme Border, Mr. Victor Dimka; Nigeria Immigration Area Controller, Seme Border, Mr. Barko, revealed that intelligence report was received two weeks ago on plans by robbers to attack some banks in Seme.