Mother and her 2-year-old child killed in Festac bank


Heavily armed robbers on Tuesday attacked Access and Diamond banks in Lagos, carting away money.
The robbers reportedly killed four people including a woman and her two-year-old child.
According to eyewitnesses, nurse Jane Ndirika and her baby were killed by stray bullets.
The robbers came into Festac Town through the canal in a speed boat, shooting sporadically to scare away people in the vicinity before robbing the banks.
Mother and child killed in Festac bank robbery
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Mother and child killed in Festac bank robbery
According to eyewitnesses, the suspects wore military uniforms and they carried out the robbery taking their time.
The Police said they foiled the robbery incident on Access and Diamond banks in Lagos.
The unsuccessful robbery which lasted several hours was abandoned due to the engagement of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.
The Area Commander, Area E, Festac division, Mr Frank Mba, who briefed newsmen on the incident, said that the command received information about the robbery at about 8.25 a.m.
“Today, Oct. 13 2015, at about 8.25 a.m., the command received information on sporadic shooting going on at 4th avenue, Festac Town.
“A joint team of policemen from the Area ‘E’ Command and Festac Division promptly responded to the incident.
“On arrival at the scene, the Policemen engaged a gang of armed robbers numbering well over 40 all dressed in military camouflage and armed to the teeth.
“The police engaged them in a fierce gun battle that lasted several minutes notwithstanding the clear numerical disadvantage of the police at the beginning of this operation.
“The hot exchange of fire between the policemen and the robbers who incidentally had shared themselves into two groups by simultaneously robbing two banks forced the robbers to abruptly end their operation.
“They consequently abandoned the operation and they were also forced to abandon the sum of N27m but as they were fleeing they were equally forced to abandon a total of 240 life AK-47 life ammunition.
“The money was later recovered by the police and escorted to another branch of Diamond Bank located somewhere along 2nd Avenue where the money was deposited.
“The scene of crime was later cordoned off while support teams from the command headquarters, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Ikeja, and also the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Panti, as well as men of the Nigerian Army from Ojo Cantonment joined us,” he said.
ACP Mba added that the Commissioner of Police has commenced investigations so that the suspects will be rounded up in time.
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