We Didn’t Blame Navy, Army For FESTAC Town Banks Robbery – Police


The zonal command headquarters of the Nigeria Police in Lagos on Friday debunked reports that it blamed the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Army for the successful banks’ robbery that took place in FESTAC town on Thursday.

CSP Adebowale Lawal, the Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), made the clarification while addressing newsmen on Friday in Lagos.

There were reports the police had reached out to the Navy and Army to assist in stopping the robbers from successfully getting away but that the security agencies refused to render help.

This report was dismissed as untrue by Lawal, who said that the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) in charge of the zone, Mr Bala Hassan, did not blame either of the two security formations while granting interviews to journalists.

“There is no basis for the allegations that the police shifted blame to the Army and the Navy that they did not respond when they were called.

“In fact, they all gave their assurances that they are ever ready to work with him to ensure that Lagos and Ogun states under the zone are peaceful.

“I wouldn’t know where the journalist got that information from because while the AIG was granting the interview, he never at any time shifted blame to either of the two”, the zonal police spokesman said.

It would be recalled that daredevil robbers had on Thursday robbed Access and Diamond banks on 4th Avenue, FESTAC Town unchallenged for over 30 minutes, an incident that caused the death of a mother and child, who were hit by stray bullet in their home around the robbery scene.

However, the robbers were said to have abandoned N27 million of their loot, 240 live AK 47 riffle ammunition as the police closed in on them.