Armed robbers have attacked Balogun Market on the Lagos Island, hacking three security men with machetes, in an unsuccessful attempt to burgle some shops in the market.
One of the robbers, a Nigerien identified as Saidu was hacked to death by a mob during the robbery attempt on Friday at about 5am.
According to reports, the robbers whose number are yet to be established, were armed with cutlasses and attempted to open some shops.
A distress call was made to the Ebute Ero Police Division, after which policemen went to the scene. All the robbers, except Saidu, reportedly fled.
When Punch Metro visited the market on Monday, most traders refused to comment on the incident, stating that business activities had not started as of the time of the incident.
A night guard, who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the injured security men were rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital.
“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 was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital.
“The robber was hacked with machetes. He was also beaten up. He was later rushed to a hospital where he died,” he added.