Robbers kill police officer, injure others in Abuja


An officer of the Nigeria police was on Thursday killed by armed robbers who attacked the office of the Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company, AUTMAC, in Katampe, along Kubwa Expressway.

According to the transport company’s Head of Marketing and Communication, Mr Tunde Akintola, the robbers numbering five and armed with guns and other dangerous weapons stormed its premises with the intention of carting away large some of money.

He affirmed that the hoodlums killed one police officer in the process of the attack and inflicted varied degrees of injuries on some of the staff on duty.

Akintola further disclosed that the incident occurred at about 8pm on Thursday, adding that most of the workers had closed for the day.

He said, “We had a few administrative personnel doing skeletal duties, as well as security personnel around the office.

“The gang of about five robbers entered the company through the administrative gate and forced their way into the cash office, killing the policeman and injuring some other staff members in the process.”

He stated that investigation is ongoing by the police, adding that the damage done during the incident has not been ascertained yet.

He however projected that the loss incurred by the company will not be much as the company does not handle cash on a large scale.

“Maybe, they thought that all our buses bring cash to the office at the end of each day; but that is not the case.

“Our ticketing is handled by agents who pay directly into the company’s account every day, but that is not to say that we didn’t suffer any financial loss to the robbery.

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“We have imprest and some other contingency cash which were stolen, but no large-scale loss,” he affirmed.

He disclosed that some suspects are currently being interrogated by the police.

Akintola applauded officers of the Nigeria Police Force for promptly responding to the distress call, while commiserating with relatives of the police officer killed.

“You know it is difficult to point accusing fingers at any direction, but the police have commenced investigation into the matter, and some suspects are being interrogated.

“We thank, the police for their prompt response when they were contacted, and we pray for the repose of the soul of their late colleague,” he said.

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