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Robbers Storm Nigeria’s Biggest Airport, Kill 2 cops  print

Published on March 13, 2013 by   ·   19 Comments

Simon Ateba/Lagos
In a daring operation, armed robbers stormed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, snatched money from a money changer and killed two policemen, witnesses said.

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Lagos-International-Airport(MMIA)

The incident happened about 9 p.m. Wednesday night at the Car park of the airport, which was brimming with passengers travelling to Europe, America and the Middle East.

One of the robbers was killed in the exchange of gunfire.

During the shootout that lasted for some minutes, passengers at the departure hall of the airport were asked to lie down to avoid stray bullets, witnesses said.

Yakubu Dati, spokesperson of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, who briefed journalists today said the robbery attack took place at the car park of the airport and not inside the terminal building, as earlier reported.

He said the slain police officers were not deployed to the airport by FAAN, but had apparently come to escort someone to the vicinity.

Their identities could not be ascertained at press time as calls to DENNIS IFIJEN, PPRO Airport Police Command were not returned. A text message was not also returned.

Dati said FAAN Managing Director, George Uriesi, has directed all illegal persons operating at the car park to leave or be evicted.

.Updated at 16.00 GMT Wednesday with the press briefing by FAAN spokesman

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19 Comments for “Robbers Storm Nigeria’s Biggest Airport, Kill 2 cops”

  1. MALLAM SHEHU

    THIS IS VERY SAD AND EMBARRASSING TO THE POLICE AND THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE. WITH THAT MANY POLICE OFFICERS AT THE AIRPORT IT IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT ARMED ROBBERS WILL EVEN GO NEAR THE AIRPORT NOT TO TALK ABOUT OPERATING!! OUR POLICE ARE BADLY TRAINED AND NOT SECURITY CONSCIOUS AT ALL!!! I COULD SEE HOW THE ROBBERS COULD EASILY OVER POWER THE POLICE – BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL GATHERED IN ONE SPOT TOGETHER CHASING MONEY AND EXTORTING PASSENGERS.
    GIVE ME ONE YEAR OPEN HAND TO TRAINED AND CLEAN OUT THE POLICE AND YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENT COUNTRY WITH EFFECTIVE POLICE FORCE.

    • Ssam

      I just thank God this almost claimed my mother’s life

    • NO. IT IS NOT THAT THE POLICE ARE NOT TRAINED OR SECURITY CONSCIOUS BUT COULD BE THE INSTRUMENT OF THE ROBBERY. MARK IT.

    • Dr Emma

      @ mallam shehu you are foolish man, how man of your family are police officer, arm robber con attack ang body even you, i belive you are a among those robbers.

  2. Akin Wale

    NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE IN THIS COUNTRY .. SHAMELESS CRAZY COUNTRY

  3. OGBENI NAIJA

    By the way how on earth will some one ship cash of such to foreign country,na God wan expose them.I only pity the police men that lost their lives.Both the owners of the money and the armed robbers should face the same punishment if caught,because they are all thieves.

  4. OGBENI NAIJA

    Military barracks is not safe,Police stations is not safe,Now AIR PORT TOO has join the unsafe facility in Nigeria.So where we will run to if trouble start.ASO ROCK ? Only if it is safe.

  5. JUDE EMENIKE

    A country under siege, why won’t it be under siege when all they keep on doing is looting and pardoning the looters

  6. Amaechi Ede

    It serves them good. When somebody is at the airport for a legitimate business, the police will be harasing you even when you are not armed. I wish robbers will pay more attention to the airport, CBN, NNPC and Aso Rock.

  7. ube

    YES NIGERIA POLICE DESERVE DEAD B/COS THEY RE ROBBERS THAT WENT TO CATCH ARMED ROBBERS WITH SIREN . ONLY GOD IS OUR SECURITY IN NIGERIA THATS ALL.

  8. Things are seriously getting out of hand in this country. Airport of all places. Robbers have continued to show us that the police we have are just showing crude raw bravados, with no intelligence. Where were all the check points on airport road? Where were all the gun totting policemen that litter our airport, harassing people? May God have mercy on us.

  9. Lee

    Jonathan Has Failed Nigeria. what a shame. Nigeria Deserves better leaders. If you cannot lead please step down. We need leaders who know how to lead not just to say i am president of Nigeria. I have taken a lot of leadership classes here in the US and i know Jonathan is not capable of ruling a community talk less of a country. seen his leadership style. Completely embarrassing. I can do better. I am sorry but if you want to clean a place like Nigeria, you cannot leave anyone who is still alive that committed a crime no matter how long ago to get away with it including all past presidents, governors and more. No one should be and above the law

  10. hammerhouseofhorror

    The transfer of the raw cash through the airport is nothing but money laudering which is criminal. I do not believe that the money belonged to a BDC, it surely belong to one of our big men who has stolen what belong to us. So the case can be termed “Dog eat Dog”. As for the policemen killed, may their souls rest in peace.

  11. DonStan

    The first person to suspect for this robbery incident is the owner of the money, because he robbed the country and want to move the money in cash to dubai so that their will be no bank trace. Na dem dem, a boy of 25 years was caught at the airport carrying $7.5Million, until today there is no information about the case, Nigerians were not told about the real owner of the money. the boy appear in court only once and case was sealed, now the owner of the money collected his money back and the same proceed to dubai to deliver the money for personal investment of his boss

  12. simon john

    nigeria policemen all are fools

  13. Ade

    Well by and large, we still have some battle ready and hardworking personnel in the police yet a lot of them let me say out of 100% i can say 25% of police personnel are up to the task while 75% are just recruited into the force without the love of this country in their heart. I read in the newspaper that armed robbers were broke into a house on a street at ikorodu area of lagos state and there was a distress call to the police but on their way to the scene they were blowing siren which made the robbers to flee. Why were they blowing siren when you know that you were going on an intelligent mission. If armed robbers can enter into a an international airport and do what they did to the police then the passengers or individuals that dont even have guns or weapon with them are not safe. Many robbery is taken place in Lagos, robbers breaks into people apartment at midnight hours and no one to help. Call police they may not even respond and if they did they are coming with loud siren to tell the robbers to flee that they are coming o. We have a long way to go in this country

  14. OBANLA

    I WAS INTIMIDATED BY A POLICE MAN AT THE AIRPORT WILE I WAS TRAVELING OUT OF THE COUNTRY TWO YEARS AGO HE WANTED PART OF MY B.T.A WHEN I REFUSE HE SAID TO ME, COME GO MAKE I SEE, NA HERE YOU GO SPEND THAT MONEY FINISH, THE ROBBER MAY HAVE SUCCEEDED DUE TO THERE IRRESPONSIBLE ACT OF EXTORTING MONEY FROM THE FIRST TIMER’S, IF THEY WERE ON STANDBY I STRONGLY BELIEVE THOSE ROBBERS MAY HAVE NOT SUCCEED

  15. Yomi

    Most of you people commenting here are just making noise, in a situation as this, our contributions that will help should have been our priority, making noise and calling names is not going to help, I didnt see where anyone even mention about a robber that was killed, look its a bad situation anyway but it also happen in other parts of the World, I cant remember a particular country [I think it should be Switzerland ] last week or two where robbers went to Airport and stole gold worth millions of dollars without any challenge and no single arrest has been made since then, People should learn how to appreciate not to condemn, we have no other country to go, between me and you who among us can join Police or Military? am not sure there will be anyone that will agree, Nigeria remains ours, let us all give a helping write up to our law enforcement agents for our better 2moro.

  16. MALLAM SHEHU

    @DR EMMA, THERE IS A BEGINNER ENGLISH CLASS STARTING AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE NEAR YOU, I WILL STRONGLY ADVICE YOU TO GO AND ENROLL AND LEARN HOW TO READ AND WRITE IN ENGLISH.

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