The gun battle between a group of policemen and some armed robbers in the early hours of Tuesday, October 13, 2015 turned deadly as a woman and her 14-month-old baby were hit by the robbers’ stray bullets and died.
The woman, identified as Mrs. Jane Ndirieka and her baby were hit in their house by stray bullets from the robbers shooting spree. It was learnt that the victim’s neighbours said at their 4th Avenue flat say that Mrs. Ndirieka was shot twice, one in the chest and another in the right shoulder while she carried her baby. Her baby died on the spot while she was rushed to the hospital.
While on the way to the government’s general hospital, she died in the car and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Uju, one of the residents of Block 8, where the stray bullet hit Mrs. Jane Beluchukwu-Ndirika, a nurse and her 14-month-old daughter Nmesoma said:
“While the shooting was going on, every one laid on the floor in their respective apartments. I was with Jane in her parlour while her child was inside the room. Suddenly, the child started crying and the mother stood up to carry her. As she was coming to the sitting room with the baby, a stray bullet perforated the window, hit the baby in the chest and also got the mother on the left side of her shoulder. Immediately, she took the child back to the room and started shouting for help. Nobody came to her rescue because people were running helter skelter for dear life.”
However, when the dust settled, a neighbour, identified as Irabor Sunday, reportedly rushed them to Mother and Child Hospital at the First Gate in Festac where they were confirmed dead. The baby was, thereafter, taken back to the house while her mother was rushed to Lord’s Chosen Church where a prayer session was organised for her revival. According to Vanguard, that around 3pm, her corpse was taken to Igando General Hospital mortuary where she worked as a nurse.
The gang of at least 20 armed robbers dressed in army fatigues who stormed 4th Avenue, Festac Town would have attacked the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) located on the same street with Access Bank and Diamond Bank which were robbed, but for the intervention of an O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) guard who single-handedly repelled them.
According to Trent reports, that the guard popularly called Agbashe, was said to have shot back at the robbers who targeted FCMB as the third bank in a chain of deadly attacks which left a trail of blood.
Attempts by the robbers to gun down Agbashe proved abortive as their bullets failed to hit at him. While, his shots repelled the robbers. On noticing that their bullets were not affecting the OPC guard, the robbers abandoned their plan to rob the bank and fled.
Eye-witnesses who spoke with The Trent, said it was like watching a movie and Agbashe operated like he had a bullet-proof shield. They believe he was using a ‘juju’, African charm.
The police reportedly arrived at least 30 minutes after the robbers escaped in their boats after carting away unspecified amount of money from the two affected banks.