Po­lice gun down sus­pected rob­ber in Abuja

NGO do­nates food, toi­letries to Nyanya blast sur­vivors

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Ohalee By Daniel Adugbo

Po­lice­men at­tached to Wuse di­vi­sion, on Easter day, shot a sus­pected armed rob­ber dur­ing a gun bat­tle near the Cen­tral Mosque, Ab­juja.

Wuse Po­lice Di­vi­sional Of­fi­cer, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Joshua Bakyi, who con­firmed this to our re­porter, said the sus­pected crim­i­nal robbed a lady that was jog­ging along the road.

Ac­cord­ing to Bakyi, the lady had $500 with her when she was robbed, and as soon as she in­formed the Wuse po­lice pa­trol team, the sus­pected rob­ber was chased and shot down af­ter a gun bat­tle with the po­lice.

“We re­cov­ered ev­ery­thing he The Neigh­bour to Neigh­bour Ini­tia­tive (N2N) has made do­na­tion of food items and toi­letries to re­cu­per­at­ing vic­tims of the Nyanya bomb blast in both the Nyanya Gen­eral Hospi­tal and Asokoro Hospi­tal, in Abuja.

Pre­sent­ing items on be­half the

of stole from the vic­tim and handed them over to her,” he said.

Mean­while, armed men, re­port­edly around the bridge af­ter Cen­tral Mosques, again on Easter day, robbed ve­hi­cles ply­ing the road.

A wit­ness, Malam Muk­tar Key­ode, a club owner, told City News that around 6:15am Easter morn­ing, when he was re­turn­ing from his of­fice, he saw two armed rob­bers with so­phis­ti­cated weapons shoot­ing in the air and rob­bing mo­torists on that road.

He said as soon as he saw those stop­ping ve­hi­cles and rob­bing their own­ers, the taxi driver who was driv­ing him turned and zoomed off.

“As soon as he turned and sped the or­ga­ni­za­tion, its Di­rec­tor, Women and Mo­bi­liza­tion, Ha­jiya Aisha Lemu, said the lit­tle sup­port was to em­pathize with vic­tims of the blast even though it may not be enough.

The do­na­tions, com­pris­ing mostly bags of rice, car­tons of in­domie, milk, bot­tled wa­ter and toi­letries, were pro­vided based on an off, the rob­bers started shoot­ing at us and it was by the grace of God that we es­caped,” he said.

A vic­tim, who did not want his name on print told our re­porter that she was robbed on that bridge around 6:47am.

She said she was stopped by four armed men who looked like po­lice of­fi­cers and robbed her of her phones, jew­el­ries and N80,000 cash.

The woman lamented that Easter was a black day for her as her day was ru­ined by the rob­bery in­ci­dent.

Re­act­ing, FCT Po­lice Spokesper­son, Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Hyel­hira Al­tine Daniel, said that she was shocked by the in­ci­dent be­cause there was ini­tial needs as­sess­ment of the sur­vivors.

Re­ceiv­ing the do­na­tions on be­half of the sur­vivors, Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of the Nyanya Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Dr. Frank Idegwu, said the hospi­tal re­ceived the high­est num­ber of causal­i­ties, a sit­u­a­tion that re­sulted in se­vere pres­sure from sym­pa­thiz­ers and sup­posed to be a po­lice pa­trol van along the Cen­tral Mosque road.

She said the FCT po­lice would in­ves­ti­gate the re­port and bring the per­pe­tra­tors to book.

The Wuse Po­lice Di­vi­sional Of­fi­cer, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Joshua Bakyi, speak­ing on the rob­bery at­tacks along Cen­tral Mosque on Easter day, said his men saw mo­torists run­ning away from that area and when they in­quired what was wrong, they were told that there were armed rob­bers on the mosque road.

“My pa­trol team combed every­where but didn’t see any armed rob­bers, they even went as far as en­ter­ing the bush but could not see any rob­ber,” he said. re­la­tions.

He added that the hospi­tal was able to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion due to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment shown by the hospi­tal staff and man­age­ment.

Dr. Idegwu, ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to N2N, call­ing on other wellmean­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions to em­u­late its ges­ture.

Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor N2N, Bar­ris­ster Charles Nwa­jagu, said the ges­ture was premised on the need to care for one an­other.

“What hap­pened would have hap­pened to any of us as Nige­ri­ans. It is im­por­tant for us to come to­gether as one Nigeria be­cause the hurt of one Nigeria is the hurt of all and that was the fun­da­men­tal rea­son why

of we are here,” he said.

He noted that the do­na­tion was meant to show to the vic­tims that they are not alone in this try­ing time and that the or­ga­ni­za­tion shares their grief.

The team later headed to the Asokoro Gen­eral Hospi­tal where it made sim­i­lar do­na­tion to fam­ily of the blast sur­vivors.

PHOTO ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

A woman scoop­ing wa­ter un­der a rock in a com­mu­nity at Kuje Area Coun­cil re­cently.

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