A woman was shot and an undisclosed sum of money carted away when robbers invaded a beer distributing company at Unity Estate, Idimu, a Lagos suburb.
Madam Sadiat Shodiya, a resident of the building housing the firm, was hit in the leg.
A police patrol vehicle, allegedly riddled with bullets was also abandoned at the scene by policemen who were outgunned by the bandits.
Sources said the hoodlums, who held residents hostage for over three hours in the early hours of Saturday, arrived on the premises around 3am.
They were said to have shot into the air to scare people.
It was learnt that the robbers, who operated for over an hour also attacked some residential apartments. The estate is about 500 meters from the Area ‘M’ Command and the Idimu Police Station.
Sources gathered thst was the sound of gunshots that attracted policemen to the scene. The policemen allegedly fled after their van was demobilised with bullets.
The Area Commander Ibrahim Kaoje, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said his men did not abandon the operation.
Kaoje said policemen overpowered the hoodlums who fled to escape arrest.
A resident, who pleaded for anonymity, said his family lay on the floor to avoid being hit by stray bullet.
“The robbers were shooting sporadically for over an hour. It was like we were in a war zone and there was panic everywhere. It was just God that saved us,” the source said.