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Police officer, two robbers killed in failed Abaji bank robbery



A police officer has died while combating a gang of armed robbers that attempted to rob a first generation bank in Abaji, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory.

Two of the gang members including one of their leaders were also killed in the combined efforts by security forces made up of the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army that foiled the attack.

A statement by the FCT Police Command confirmed the incident. Josephine Adeh, the Command’s spokesperson, said the operation was led by the Commissioner of Police in the FCT, Benneth Igwe who led the operation in the combined operation to repel the criminals numbering about fifteen who also launched an attack on the Abaji Divisional Police Headquarters while attempting to rob the bank on Thursday evening.

Part of the statement read: “The security forces engaged the armed robbers in an intense gun duel, forcing them to scamper to safety with various degrees of bullet wounds, as the security forces succeeded in apprehending three suspects, namely, Usman (surname yet unknown), who was reported to be the gang leader, Nuhu Musa, 41 ‘m’ of Kogi State; and Muhammed Aminu, 25 ‘m’ of Abaji, with grave degrees of bullet injuries, while a yet-to-be-identified suspect was set ablaze by an irate mob at the scene after being neutralised by the security forces.

“One police operative and the gang leader hit by bullet during the gun duel, were rushed to the hospital, and the doctor on duty confirmed them dead, while others are still receiving treatment.”

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