Heavily armed robbers on Wednesday night stormed the International Wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos, killed two policemen and made away with a huge amount of foreign currencies from some bureau-de-change operators at the nation’s premier gateway, officials said.
The robbers who arrived the airport some few minutes to nine, headed for the BDC operators centre near the car park and started shooting sporadically, eyewitnesses said.
The robbers, numbering over 10, engaged policemen attached to the airport in a gun duel for about 30 minutes which resulted in the death of two policemen and one armed robber.
Confirming the robbery, General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said he could only confirm the death of one of the robbers while the level of casualties was being ascertained.
He added, “The situation has since been brought under control by the swift intervention of joint security force. They were apparently attempting to rob a bureau de change operator near the airport. Normal operations and flight have not been affected by the incident.”
The unfortunate incidence has once again exposed the porous security network of the nation’s flagship airport as this is the second attempt on BDC operators at the Lagos airport.