About four policemen and three civilians were on Thursday shot dead at close range by some unknown gunmen dressed in military camouflage at the Lekki Phase 1 area of Lagos, after they had reportedly robbed a bank.
The operation was the first bank robbery incident in Lagos in the last seven years.
The gang members, numbering about 12, were said to have gained access to the bank using speedboats, with which they had crossed the channel.
Once they alighted from their speedboats, the heavily armed gang stormed the bank and allegedly made away with huge sums of money but not without some casualties.
Immediately they finished their operation, which reportedly lasted just about 25 minutes, they hit the road to go back to their speedboat.
They were said to have released hails of bullet that hit the four policemen, a member of staff of the bank, a nearby fish seller and a passerby.
However, the state Police Spokesman, Kenneth Nwosu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the Commissioner of police had already swung into action in a bid to arrest the gunmen.
He said, “The Commissioner of police was there after the incident to ascertain what really happened. We are on top of it. But I can confirm that only three policemen were killed and no one else.
“The robbers attacked First City Monument Bank, Lekki. I can assure you that we would get the perpetrators. Full scale investigation has commenced.