In a recent bank robbery in Festac, stray bullets from sporadic shootings by the bandits killed a commercial motorcyclists as well as a mother and her two-year-old baby.
Lagos State witnessed yet another bank robbery recently. On the 13th of October, no fewer than forty heavily armed robbers, stormed two banks in 4th Avenue, Festac area of Lagos state and carting away huge sums of money.
During the robbery operation, a two-year-old toddler, Mmesoma Ndirika, and her mother, Jane, who were inside their home, were reportedly hit by stray bullets from the bandits who were shooting sporadically in all directions.
As reported by Vanguard, the bank robbery lasted for several hours. Reports also have it that both mother and child later died as a result of injuries they sustained from the bullet.
A commercial motorcyclist was also hit by stray bullets and reportedly died later in a private hospital. Vanguard likewise reported that it took the police more than one and half hours to respond.
Nonetheless, the police authorities claimed that they recovered about N27 million and other rounds of arms and ammunition abandoned by the bandits while fleeing from the scene.
According to an eyewitness, the robbers who were dressed in military camouflage uniforms, attacked the banks after alighting from boats at a nearby canal. They reportedly used dynamite to destroy the security entrance gates after which they gained entry into the banks. Eyewitness account said as soon as the dynamites exploded, the heavily armed bandits started firing bullets in all directions inside the first bank they entered.
Many Lagosians and concerned Nigerians have lamented the high rate of insecurity and robbery, especially bank robbery in the state. They called on the police to be more proactive and to respond promptly when distress calls are made. They also advocated better security in banks.