Despite the huge presence of diverse security operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, heavily armed robbers on Wednesday night invaded the international Wing of the airport, killed two police officers and made away with a huge sum of foreign currencies from some bureau-de-change.
The dare devil robbers, who reportedly arrived the airport some few minutes to 9pm, headed for the BDC operators centre near the car park of the airport for the daring attack.
Eyewitness accounts claim the armed robbers numbering over 10 started shooting sporadically into the air as soon as soon as they arrived at the international airport.
The robbers were said to have been engaged in an exchange of gunfire with police officers policemen in the airport for about 30 minutes. This led to the death of two of the police officers.
One of the robbers was also gunned in the gun duel.
The General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Yakubu Dati, confirmed the robbery.
He however said he could only confirm the death of one of the robbers, noting that the level of casualties was being ascertained.
“The situation has since been brought under control by the swift intervention of joint security force. They were apparently attempting to rob a bureau de change operator near the airport. Normal operations and flight have not been affected by the incident” he added.
The robbery has again revealed the porous security network of the nation’s major international airport as a similar robbery occurred in the airport recently.
Last year, robbers came to the airport and made away with millions of dollars from the same Bureau de Change