Armed robbers on Sunday attacked the Marine Police Post of the Lagos State Police Command in the Epe area of Lagos state. During the attack, the robbers exchanged gunfire with policemen while they attempted to steal the station’s gunboat and ammunitions.According to Punch, the robbers, who were about 20, came in a speedboat to the Marine beach at about 12.00am.
Fortunately, policemen from the Epe division, the Rapid Response Squad and the Counter-Terrorism Unit, were mobilised to the scene to repel the attack.
A police source said that the robbers, who escaped in their boat, riddled the station with bullets. The gunboat, which they attempted to steal, sank.
“It was at about 12am that the militants invaded the Marine Police Post, Epe. Their mission was to kill the policemen and dismantle the security structures around the place so that they could embark on a bank robbery maybe on Monday.
“The gunfire lasted for several minutes, and the whole area was riddled with bullets. Eventually, they succeeded in sinking the gunboat. No policeman was killed but some might have been injured by the bullets.”
It was learnt that the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, went to the station on Sunday and assessed the damage.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, who confirmed the attack, said the CP had directed that the area be electrified and the gunboat replaced.
Offor added that the police had increased surveillance in the area and that everything was back to normal.
“The Epe Divisional Police Officer, the Rapid Response Squad and the CTU repelled the gunmen. The CP visited the place and ordered that the beach be electrified.
“The area commander, the DPO and other officers have made efforts to recover the gunboat. We are still working on it and we have fortified the area. Banks have been asked to go on with their usual activities, and there is no cause for alarm.
“No arrests have been made so far. Efforts are on to replace the gunboat.”