Two policemen were killed when heavily armed robbers on Wednesday night invaded the International Wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos.
The robbers who made away with a huge amount of foreign currencies from some bureau-de-change operators at the airport stormed the place some few minutes before nine, and headed straight for the BDC operators centre near the car park, shooting sporadically, eyewitnesses said.
The policemen who died were said to have been shot when the robbers, numbering over 10, were engaged in a gun battle that lasted about 30 minutes. One of the armed robbers also lost his life.
Eyewitnesses say few minutes after the incident the two dead policemen were conveyed in a van to the mortuary.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications Mr. Yakubu Dati, who confirmed the robbery said he could only confirm the death of one of the robbers.
“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,” Dati said.
An eyewitness said the robbers came into the airport through the car park. Their easy entry showed how porous the security of the nation’s main international airport is.