Monday, November 16

Robbers sink police gunboat during gun battle in Epe, Lagos

Armed robbers on Sunday engaged in a serious gun battle with the Marine Police Post of the Lagos State Police Command in the Epe area of Lagos. The robbers attempted to steal the station’s gunboat and other ammunition. The robbers, were reported to be about 20 in number. They came in a speedboat to the Marine beach at about 12.30am.

It was gathered that policemen from the Epe division, the Rapid Response Squad and the Counter-Terrorism Unit, were mobilised to the scene to repel the attack.

Speaking to newsmen, a police source explained:
“It was at about 12am that the militants invaded the Marine Police Post, Epe. Their mission was to kill the policemen and dismantle the security structures around the place so that they could embark on a bank robbery maybe on Monday.
“The gunfire lasted for several minutes, and the whole area was riddled with bullets. Eventually, they succeeded in sinking the gunboat. No policeman was killed but some might have been injured by the bullets.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, went to the station on Sunday and assessed the damage. The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, who confirmed the attack, said the CP had directed that the area be electrified and the gunboat replaced.

Offor added that the police had increased surveillance in the area and normalcy had been restored. “No arrests have been made so far. Efforts are on to replace the gunboat,” he said. 

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