Thursday, 14 March 2013
Police Foil Robbery Attack At Murtala Muhammed Intl Airport
Police, Wednesday, foiled an attempted robbery attack at the Murtala Muhammed International (MMIA), Lagos as one of the robbers was shot dead during an exchange of gun fire between the police and the robbers.
An eyewitness who was at the airport at the time of the incident around 8:00pm told Vanguard that the armed robbers numbering over 10 came into the airport through the terminal zero and proceeded straight into the arrival and departure halls of the terminal.
The source further noted that on entering the terminal, the armed robbers ordered all the users of the airport to lie down while those who refused to comply were shot.
A protocol officer of Addax Oil Company identified as Chike who was one of those shot by the robbers was reportedly taken to a hospital in an ambulance after the armed robbers had left the airport.
When contacted, the General Manager Corporate Communications, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Yakubu Dati who confirmed the incident in a text message sent to our correspondent said that the robbery attack took place at Ikeja near the perimeter fence of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
According to him,‘‘There was an exchange of fire which resulted in the death of one of the robbers. The level of causality is being ascertained. The situation has since been brought under control by the swift intervention of joint security force.’’
‘‘They were apparently attempting to rob a bureau-de-change near the airport. Normal operations and flight have not been affected by the incident’’ Dati affirmed
Culled from Vanguard