Two soldiers were killed, while another one was injured after robbers attacked a white man’s residence at Apapa, Lagos State on Sunday night.
The robbery, which occurred at about 11pm, was allegedly successful because the robbers used another white man to gain entrance to the victim’s building.
It was learnt that the robbers were able to deceive the victim’s security guards because of the presence of the white man who was with the robbers.
Police sources told Punch Metro that some of the robbers, on gaining entrance, shot sporadically into the air, while other members of the gang stormed the victim’s rooms, ransacking everywhere.
They were said to have made away with some of his valuables. The victim was not hurt.
The victim’s residence is close to Command Guest House, which belonged to the Nigerian Army.
When soldiers on guard at the Command Guest House heard the shootings, one of them opened the gate and the robbers, on sighting him, opened fire.
The soldier died on the spot. Another of his colleagues was also killed, while a third soldier’s leg was shattered by bullets.
It was learnt that some mobile policemen attached to a popular hotel in the area, who were attracted by gunshot sounds, engaged the robbers in a protracted gun battle.
The robbers later fled in the victim’s jeep.
They, however, abandoned their own metallic grey Honda car, marked GJ435 LSR.
It was learnt that the soldier, whose leg was shattered, was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the state, Mr. Damascus Ozoani, said although the police got wind of the robbery, it could not comment on it.
He said, “There was no official report at any police station. Since the incident affected the army, I suggest that you call the army PRO.”
The army spokesman, Captain Eze, said he had not been briefed on the incident. He promised to make enquiry and get back to Punch Metro.
The spokesman, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, did not pick his calls. The text message sent to his number was also not replied to.