Armed Robbers Attack Balogun Market, One killed, Three Injured

Armed robbers have attacked Balogun Market on the Lagos Island, hacking three security men with machetes, in a failed attempt to burgle some shops in the market.

During the attack on Friday at about 5am, one of the robbers, a Nigerien identified only as Saidu, was also hacked to death by a mob.

It was gathered that the robbers, whose number had yet to be ascertained, were armed with cutlasses and attempted to open some shops.

A distress call was put across to the Ebute Ero Police Division, after which policemen went to the scene. The robbers, except Saidu, reportedly fled.

When Punch Metro visited the market on Monday, most traders refused to comment on the incident, saying business activities had not started as of the time of the incident.

A night guard, who did not want his name in print, however,said that the injured security men were rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital.

He said,

“It was around 5.30am on Friday. We were the only ones on the market premises, except for some Muslims praying in nearby mosques. We observed that the robbers were armed with cutlasses. They wanted to break into some shops. We confronted them and they attacked us.

“They injured three security men with cutlasses. Some people called the police at the Ebute Ero division. Two policemen were also on patrol around the market. They assisted us in confronting the robbers.

“The injured security men were quickly rushed to a hospital on the Lagos Island. When the robbers sighted the police, they fled. But we made sure that all of them did not escape. One of them was caught, and he turned out to be a Nigerien. He was beaten up by a mob. I don’t know his fate.”

A police source at the Ebute Ero division told our correspondent that the injured robbery suspect was rushed to a hospital, but he did not survive.

“The robber was hacked with machetes. He was also beaten up. He was later rushed to a hospital where he died,” he added.

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  • emekachilaka

    those guys get mind as big as that market de still won try nawa o

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    This one wey e b say d one wey die na nigerian,na e b say other nationalities follow

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    Too bad

  • IG: Jiafid

    This is bad

  • Terrible… Folks these days, smh

  • kayode akinsanya

    Thank god they didn’t succeed, very bad we need more security this period especially at night

  • Justice Elmer

    Their fates would only be better than the dead guy cos there won’t be a mob to lynch them..

  • Justice Elmer

    They are lucky they escaped.. But they’ll fish them out one way or another..

  • Justice Elmer

    I’m sure they are not even pros at this.. All of them went with matches..

  • Justice Elmer

    All ma just looking for the easy way to hit mega.. Seeing that the xmas season is quickly approaching

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    Struggle for this ember month too much ooooo,
    Men really wanna impress but not by stealing naaa

  • WillieBravo

    That’s really sad men. R.I.P to the lost ones.

  • Olovo Obinna

    Lol…..see armatures going to rob a place like balogun…..the level of crime thus days….everybody wants quick wealth