A gang of armed thieves have been trapped inside a bank in Mpape area of Abuja, battling operatives of the Nigeria Police and Army for hours on Saturday, after attempting to rob the branch.
It is learnt that operatives of the Nigeria Police and Army have barricaded the entrance of the bank believed to be First Bank, thereby forcing the robbers to remain indoor since 10 am when they forced their way into the bank.
The robbers, it was gathered, gained access to the bank after shooting sporadically into the air, forcing passers-by and the bank security officials to scamper to safety.
One of the robbers who tried to escape was shot and arrested by the security officials, while the remaining thieves are still in the bank.
It is rumoured that the robbers have held two staff of the bank hostage as leverage to either negotiate with the security officials or to flee.
See video from the scene as posted by a Twitter user.
A brode daylight bank robbery happening now in Mpape Abuja, men of @NGRpolice are on already ground. Cc. @channelstv @seunokin @AIT_Online @Omojuwa @TVCconnect @NigeriaInfoAbj @Gidi_Traffic #eyewitness #Iliwitness @renoomokri pic.twitter.com/eoCY47WCYB
— OMA YACHE (@Oma_Yache) December 28, 2019