By Evelyn Usman
A four-man robbery gang, yesterday, shot a Police Inspector dead while he was withdrawing money from an Automated Teller Machine, ATM, in Idimu area of Lagos.
However, two suspected members of the gang, who were fleeing on a motorbike, were shot dead by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad.
Vanguard gathered that the robbers, who stationed two of their operational motorbikes by the side of a bank at about 11a.m., forcefully collected an undisclosed huge amount from a bank customer.
They reportedly shot the unidentified bank customer and zoomed off.
While leaving, they reported-ly sighted the Inspector, who was withdrawing money from an ATM at Okunola Street and shot him in the head.
It was learned that the RRS operatives, who were on patrol, chased the bandits. The motorcycle rider was shot. As they fell, his partner was also shot.
The second rider lost balance as he almost ran into his fallen partner’s motorcycle. In the process, his passenger fell, while he escaped.
Two members of the gang, according to eyewitnesses, died on the spot while the third suspect was arrested.
An eyewitness, Ojo Santos, said: “Some people tried to save the Policeman by rushing him to the hospital, but he died before they could get a vehicle. This is not the first time these bad boys have attacked customers.
“It is obvious there could be an insider, who gives them information on customers that withdraw huge amount. We were told that the man in question withdrew over three hundred thousand naira and from the way they struck it was clear that they came specifically for the man.
“Their motorcycles were recovered by the police. Also, two guns were found on two of the dead robbers.”
Preliminary investigation by the police, as gathered, revealed that the arrested suspect had killed a policeman in a previous operation.
Confirming the incident, the command’s spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmus, said that the case had been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, for further investigation.