A police escort who provided security for the staff members of a sanitary pad company located at Sanya Bus Stop, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos was reportedly killed by robbers.
The Police escort, Stephen Oruaman, identified as an Inspector from the Aguda Police Division, Lagos State, died from gunshot injuries he sustained in the encounter with some robbers just after they entered the company’s premises after going to a bank in Apapa to withdraw money which ran into millions of naira.
Oruaman who had escorted the workers in a Kia Rio car, was ambushed and shot at by two robbers on a motorcycle. The cop who sustained gunshot wounds, responded to the shooting to foil the robbery. It was gathered that the robbers eventually abandoned the motorcycle at the scene and took to their heels, while Oruaman was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, where he died.
A source told Punch’s correspondent;
“The incident happened on Thursday, August 30. Inspector Oruaman was on station guard that day at the Aguda Police Station where he worked. Around 11am, he escorted the company to a bank in Apapa to withdraw money.
“As they were waiting outside the company’s premises for the gatekeeper to open the gate, some hoodlums suddenly appeared on a motorcycle and started shooting. The inspector, while trying to repel the attack, responded to the shooting. He was shot in the process, but the robbery was botched. A police team that was mobilised to the scene took him to LUTH, but he could not make it.”
The inspector’s rifle, the robbers’ operational motorcycle and the money were recovered as confirmed by a police source who disclosed that about N3m was in the car.
“The body of the slain policeman has been deposited in a morgue. Serious efforts are being made to track down the robbers. An insider has already been arrested and investigation is ongoing,” he added.
Confirming the incident, CSP Chike Oti, the State Police spokesperson disclosed that one of the robbers sustained injuries.