- BY EMMANUEL EDOM in Lagos•
Police Operatives drafted from the Satellite Police Division, Lagos, Tuesday killed two suspected robbers in a shoot-out and rescued many commuters and commercial drivers, held hostage by a dare devil robbery gang that blocked the Oluti- Alakija axis of the major Mile 2 / Badagry Express way at about 5am in the morning.
The operation the victims held hostage by the rampaging robbery gang, likened to as a “James Bond/American Navy Seal kind of operation”, was said to have been led by the Satellite Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police, (CSP), led to the death of two robbers, arrest of one and recovery of three guns, one UTC machete, 15 telephone hand sets and some cash.
A reliable Police source told The Leadthat there was no casualties on the police team , adding that for the intelligence deployed by CSP Oti, there would have been casualties on the part of commuters held hostage.
One of the victims, who identified himself as Kayode, said that the bus he boarded in the early hours of September 24th, 2019,was stopped by the gun-totting and machete wielding robbers, who threatened to kill the passengers, while dispossessing them of their belongings.
Our source stated that the DPO received credible information that some robbers were operating between Oluti/Alakija Area of the state, hence he led the operation and confronted them face to face.
It was also gathered that when the suspected robbers saw the operatives, they started shooting sporadically.
To avoid casualties on the commuters, Oti was said to have resorted to a tactics that lured the robbers out into the nearby bush, where they were said to have engaged the police on a gun duel.
However, sensing the superior firepower of the police, the robbers were said to have made an attempt to escape.
At the end of the operation, two robbers were killed and one injured, while that matter was said to have been transferred to the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, for further investigation.
When the DPO was contacted, he declined comment and referred The Lead to the Command Spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, who was yet to respond as at the time of going to the Press.