At an APC event last night titled “An Evening For Nigeria”, the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, blamed the FCMB-Lekki robbery on the President’s visit to the State, saying it resulted in insufficient armed Policemen on the Lekki area.
At the event last night at Intercontinental Hotel, the governor made statements on the petroleum sector and mismanagement, the PDP and its rulership, and the vulnerability of the citizens on the day in Lekki; saying the robbery was successful “because Jonathan was coming to Lagos, [and] all the vehicles and police in Lagos were sent to be on standby for him, and there were not enough (policemen) to stop the robbery at [the] Ikoyi-Lekki link bridge.”
The robbery occurred yesterday just before 5pm; with at least 12 men successfully robbing an FCMB branch at Plot B, Waterfront Plaza, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, and killing 4 persons in the process. The gang operated in a movie-like attack, with all the precision of a Swiss timepiece.
The robbers –dressed in military camouflage– were said to have hit the scene through the waters, with the aid of a speedboat. They stopped vehicular and pedestrian movements on the road for some time, opened fire eventually, leaving 4 dead.
The entire staff of the bank played ball which ensured there was no casualty of any sort in there. The deaths occurred outside the bank premises, the felled Policemen being security details attached to a Coaster bus. In the ensuing shootout, a teenage girl was struck and she passed instantly.
Witnesses say the gunshots were “multiple”, “sporadic”, and “haphazard”. Others say the little-over-30minutes attack was carefully-planned and carried out.
Investigations have it that the shootout broke out between Policemen and the robbers around Admiralty Way and on the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge, obviously following the casualties of the day in which 3 Policemen and a teenage girl hawking fishes on the axis were killed.
The footage below says this of the attack:
“The armed gunmen came, hacked the bank, we see glasses on the floor there *she points*, and then they took to the streets… and shot indiscriminately. And in that shoot, hit a young teenage girl selling fish on the street.”
Kayode Aderanti, the Lagos state commissioner of police, who visited the affected FCMB branch says the police are assessing the incident, as he promised that the gang would be nabbed.
No arrests have been made. We hope this doesn’t go unattended to as have been previous bank heists in the State.
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