The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the killing of two armed bandits, who engaged a police patrol team in a gun duel while trying to rob a Pentecostal Church at Meiran, Ijaiye/Ojokoro Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The spokesperson of Ngozi Braide, Lagos Police, confirmed the incident, praised the policemen for effective neutralising of the robbers.
The official reported that the robbers had planned to attack the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) located at Olaniyi Close in Meiran, but their intensions were interrupted by the timely arrival of the policemen.
Sources said the church was holding a special programme when the armed robbers arrived but the swift response of the police patrol teams made it impossible for the armed robbers to attack the Church.
The three police patrol teams that responded to the distress call were said to have overpowered the robbers.
It has been also learned that two of the robbers were gunned down by the policemen, while several others fled with bullet wounds.
One of the church’s security men, who contacted the Meiran Police Divisional Headquarters, which alerted the Lagos State Police Command Control Room, said the robbers arrived the Church on three motorcycles, popularly known as Okada.
The Control Room relayed the message calling on all patrol vans to surround the whole of Meiran and ensure that the robbery was foiled, a police source said.