A combined operation of military and police operatives on Saturday, foiled a robbery attempt on a First Bank branch in Mpape, an Abuja suburb.
According to eyewitnesses, the robbers invaded the premises of the bank as early as 10am.
Barely 30 minutes into their operation, a powerful police team led by the FCT commissioner of Police Bala Ciroma arrived the bank premises.
Two of the robbers reportedly surrendered while one who disguised in security uniform was shot dead by the security operatives.
The robbers whose ages were between 25-35 ran out of luck when the security personnel surrounded the premises of the bank.
The police have confirmed an end to the siege and disclosed that one of the robbers, who stepped outside, was sent back in a hail of bullets. He has been confirmed dead by police.
The spokesperson of the FCT police command, ASP Mariam Yusuf, confirmed the incident and said normalcy was restored in the area just hours after the five-man gang stormed the area.
The bank also confirmed the incident in an official statement. The management assured that customers and staff of the institution were all safe and well.
“We wish to inform everyone that the attempted robbery incident that happened at one of our branches in Abuja has been foiled; customers and staff are unhurt, and the suspects have been apprehended.
“The immediate response by the police and military is very commendable and we truly appreciate them for their doggedness and commitment.”