One Kingsley Chukwu, was Thursday shot to death in the Apapa area of Lagos state by a four-man robbery gang who dispossessed him of his cash.
Chukwu, who was a private guard attached to a residential apartment at Creek Road, was on his way to deposit an unspecified amount in one of the new generation banks on Commercial Road when he was attacked, Vanguard is reporting.
The gunmen who rode on two motorbikes were said to have accosted the 26-year-old man when they fired shots.
In his attempt to escape, gun bullets hit Chukwu and he fell, afterwards, one of the robbers approached where he was lying helplessly on the floor and forcefully collected the bag containing the money.
One Kareem Maju, who claimed to have witnessed the incident, said Chukwu was rushed to a private hospital in the area, but was rejected on the grounds that a police report was required before he can be treated.
According to the eyewitness, “Kingsley Chukwu worked with a woman at Creek Road. He was sent by his madam to deposit some money. He kept it in a bag and boarded a motorcycle to Commercial Road.
“On reaching the bank, he alighted, paid the motorcyclist. Then all of a sudden, two motorbikes appeared from nowhere with two persons on each.
“One of them ordered him to bring the bag and without giving him any opportunity to refuse or comply, another fired a bullet which hit him in the hand. He tried to run into a building, only to be shot in the back and the bullet came out front through his stomach. The man that fired the first shot walked up to him and took the bag containing money.
“The operation was so fast, it was over even before policemen from some of the banks arrived the scene,” Maju added.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus, who confirmed the incident, appealed to members of the public to avail the command with information that could lead to their arrest.
The spokesperson said, “I confirmed a case of attempted robbery on a bank customer in one of the banks in Apapa.
“But as policemen posted to the bank were closing in on the fleeing robbers, in their bid to escape, they (robbers) shot a customer whom they presumed was delaying their movement.
“The command is on the trail of these fleeing robbers. It will not give up in ensuring that it gets them off the road,” Badmus added.