BY Evelyn Usman
A seven-man robbery gang that stormed Dangote Cement company in Ibeshe area of Ogun State in the early hours of yesterday, engaged some policemen who stood in their way in a gun duel.
However, two of them were shot dead at the end of the cross fire said to have lasted for 45 minutes .
Information at Sunday Vanguard’s disposal revealed that six members of the gang, who were armed with dangerous weapons including guns, scaled the fence, leaving the seventh member inside their operational vehicle.
While in the premises, four of them headed towards the material section to remove the armoured cables, while two others positioned themselves strategically to ward off intruders.
The company’s private guards alerted policemen who were drafted to the company.
On sighting the policemen, the two armed members opened fire on them.
Spokesman for the Ogun State Police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who confirmed the incident, said that the policemen responded fire-for-fire.
Oyeyemi said “ At the end of the encounter, one of the robbers was shot dead while another was arrested with severe gunshot wounds but died on the way to the hospital. Other members of the gang escaped with various degrees of gun shot injuries.”
He added that one locally made single barrel gun, 14 expended cartridges, daggers and a house breaking equipment were recovered at the end of the gun battle.
Commending what he described as gallant display by the policemen, the Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Police Command, Ahmed Iliyasu, appealed to members of the public, especially hospitals to report cases of anybody seen with gunshot wound to the police. He also assured residents of the state of adequate security before, during and after the forthcoming Yuletide season.