A group of robbers failed in their attempt to break into shops at the Balogun Market located on the Island, but they however inflicted machete wounds on three security guards while one other security guard was not so lucky as he died following the attack by the men of the underworld.
According to reports, one of the robbers identified only as Saidu was caught and hacked to death by an angry mob after the rest of his gang members who were armed with cutlasses fled the scene of the incident.
Men of the Ebute Ero Police Division, later arrived the scene of the crime and according to another night guard who witnessed the incident, three of his colleagues who were injured following the attack have been taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital.
“It was around 5.30am on Friday. We were the only ones on the market premises, except for some Muslims praying in nearby mosques. We observed that the robbers were armed with cutlasses. They wanted to break into some shops. We confronted them and they attacked us.
“They injured three security men with cutlasses. Some people called the police at the Ebute Ero division. Two policemen were also on patrol around the market. They assisted us in confronting the robbers.
“The injured security men were quickly rushed to a hospital on the Lagos Island. When the robbers sighted the police, they fled. But we made sure that all of them did not escape. One of them was caught, and he turned out to be a Nigerien. He was beaten up by a mob. I don’t know his fate.”
While confirming the incident, SP Dolapo Badmos the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, revealed that the only robbery suspect who was caught was hacked to death by an angry mob.
“The robbery suspect, Saidu, of Niger Republic died on Friday at about 3pm. Some robbers, including Saidu, had attempted to burgle some shops in Balogun Market, before the police repelled them.
“Saidu’s corpse had been taken to a morgue. The case has been referred to SARS where further investigation is ongoing.”
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