Two Robbers Killed In Attack On PUNCH Office (See Photos)
The four-member gang of armed robbers had entered the circulation office of the media organisation at about 1.30pm and asked the Circulation Manager, Mr. Raji Tajudeen, to surrender a bag containing N500,000 to them.
As they told Tajudeen to cooperate with them, one of them brandished a gun and snatched a yellow bag containing the money.
After collecting the yellow bag, the bandits bolted down the stairs.
Narrating the incident to our correspondent, Tajudeen explained that no sooner had he got to the office after a transaction at the bank than two hefty men entered the office, with one of them pointing a gun at him.
He said, “While the two of them were searching for the money, one of my friends who was outside, noticed that all was not well in my office. He decided to ask from a distance what was happening. I winked at him and gave him a sign, which he understood.
Realising that a mob had already gathered, one of the robbers fired a shot, which initially scared the relentless crowd.
“We saw one of them making calls and from what he was saying, an insider must have been directing him (the armed robber) on how to get to Tajudeen’s office..
“The crowd chased the armed robbers up to Abakaliki Street and when they were not having bullets again, they ran into a restaurant. The mob began to throw stone, bottles and other objects into the restaurant,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, hailed the police and the members of the public for their speedy response in foiling the robbery attempt.
Mohammad, who spoke at the Mile One Police Divisional Station, where the bodies of the suspected robbers were dumped, said, “Our men swung into action as part of our timely response and two of the suspected robbers were fatally wounded while the other two escaped.
“I will advise members of the public to reduce physical banking transactions and go more for electronic transactions since the ATMs are there. Physical banking transactions should only be done when it is unavoidable.”