One man was killed and four policemen injured yesterday when armed robbers attacked a Bureau de Change located at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Eye witness account said the robbers targeted the foreign currency unit at the bureau de change and at about 8p.m. sneaked into the airport through Ajao Road and as they besieged the area and saw policemen they started shooting and policemen were able to kill one of them while about four policemen were injured.
Before the robbers whose number was not ascertained escaped, they snatched money in different currencies worth about N8 million from one of the bureau de change operators. THISDAY made efforts to contact the new Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Bayo Ajileye, but the calls were not answered.
However, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, explained in a statement that men of Nigerian police foiled attempted robbery attack at the airport.
“There was an exchange of gunfire which resulted in the death of one of the robbers. The level of casualty is being ascertained. The situation has been brought under control by the swift intervention of the security force.”
Dati said the robbers were apparently attempted to rob a bureau de change near the airport, adding that normal operations and flights were not affected by the incident.
Source: This Day