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Mpape First Bank attack: All you need to Know

An armed robbery operation is going on at First Bank in the Mpape area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

An eyewitness said the bank has been surrounded by policemen and soldiers.

The robbers, who stormed the bank Saturday morning, are trapped inside.

UPDATE – 3:20pm: The attack has been successfully foiled and the robbers apprehended.

ASP Yusuf Mariam, FCT Police Command Deputy Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said: “Four suspects were arrested and one shot dead while trying to escape. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a discreet investigation of the incident”.

 

Mpape First Bank attack: Robbers nabbed, ‘insider’ arrested [VIDEO]

The siege at the First Bank in Mpape, Abuja, which started Saturday morning, has ended.

The robbers, who had been trapped in the back, have been arrested by a joint team of the police and military.

However, one of them was killed.

Some eyewitness claimed that a staff, was also nabbed.

The attackers were said to have alleged that “an insider” was working with them.

The police, in an official reaction, said the FCT Command scuttled the attempted robbery at about 1200hrs.

ASP Yusuf Mariam, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said: “Police Operatives were immediately deployed to the scene and engaged in crossfire with the robbers thereby foiling the attack on the bank with the back up of the Military.

“Consequently, Four suspects were arrested and one shot dead while trying to escape. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a discreet investigation of the incident”, the spokesman said.

“The Command urges residents to remain calm as normalcy has been restored while reaffirming its commitment to nip crime in the bud and ensure safety in the FCT. In case of emergency contact the Command through any of these emergency numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883,” he added.

 

 

First Bank: Atiku reacts as policemen, soldiers foil Mpape robbery attack

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday, hailed the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Army.

He commended the security outdits for foilong a robbery attack at First Bank, Mpape, in the outskirts of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Atiku tweeted: “I’m proud of the proactiveness of the @HQNigerianArmy and @PoliceNG in foiling the bank robbery in Abuja.

“It is my hope that this will be the face of a reinvigorated security in the new year.”

The police, in an official reaction, said the FCT Command scuttled the attempted robbery at about 1200hrs.

ASP Yusuf Mariam, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, in a statement, said: “Police Operatives were immediately deployed to the scene and engaged in crossfire with the robbers thereby foiling the attack on the bank with the back up of the Military.

“Consequently, Four suspects were arrested and one shot dead while trying to escape. The Commissioner of Police has ordered a discreet investigation of the incident”, the spokesman said.


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