Police shot suspected bank robber at Nyanya
Men of the FCT police said they have shot a suspected bank robber after a gun battle with the police on Tuesday at Nyanya, a surburb of Abuja.
A source said the police control room received a distress call that there was a robbery at a bank located beside a shopping plaza at Nyanya and immediately the call was received, policemen attached to Nyanya division moved to the scene and engaged the suspect in a gun battle.
The source added: “When he opened fire on us, we responded and in a bid to escape, the suspect was shot on the leg.”
The source said that the suspected armed robber was immediately taken hospital for treatment.
When contacted, the FCT police spokesperson, Deputy Superintendent Hyelhira Altine Daniel, confirmed the arrest and said the suspect was known for bank robbery.
She said the suspect had attempted robbing the same bank twice without success.
“What happened was that, somebody who saw him entering the bank’s strong room through the roof called the police, and our men rushed to the scene, he started shooting and we overpowered him and shot him on his leg,” she said.
The FCT PPRO said upon interrogation, the suspect confessed that he went in through the roof and attempted to open the strong room before he was seen.
PPRO added: “He equally confessed that this is his second time of attempting to rob that bank. He said the first time he entered he used screw driver to open the strong room but could not gain entry.”
According to her, the 22-yearold suspect then opened offices when he could not gain entry into the strong room and ate from the refrigerators before going out through the same way.
She said the police was able to apprehend the suspect because information was received on time, adding that investigation was still being conducted on the incident.