Bank Robbery Victims Recount Ordeal

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Bank Robbery Victims Recount Ordeal

Two victims of the Golden Trust Micro-finance Bank robbery, currently receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), have recounted their near-death experiences.

Two victims of the Golden Trust Micro-finance Bank robbery, currently receiving treatment at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), have recounted their near-death experiences.

Speaking with P.M.News, Babatunde Afeez, a fashion designer, who was shot in the shoulder, said it was the worst moment of his life. According to him, he didn’t know that the bank was being robbed on the day of the incident, last Thursday, at Iju, Lagos.

“I was going to the bus stop with my brother when I saw two vehicles, a jeep and a Mercedes Benz, parked around the bank. “Initially, everyone around didn’t know what was happening until some men, dressed in white lace and Adire, started shooting at everyone. I was shot in the shoulder while trying to hide,” he said.

His elder brother, Olayiwola, said they didn’t know that the robbers were already laying ambush around the bank premises.

“Though we weren’t very close to the bank, the robbers were stationed at the bus stop where I was with my brother. When I noticed my brother had been shot, I rushed back and helped him to a shop. We remained there while the robbery operation lasted.

“After the robbers left, we rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was rejected because we didn’t have a police report. But we later got one from Olowosokedile police station, on Iju road, with which we took him and a staff of the bank, Sheriff, who is also our cousin, in one of the bank’s vehicles, to Ifako Ijaiye General Hospital. They were given first aid treatments and later referred to the Ikeja General Hospital.”

According to Olayiwola, because they couldn’t get a bed in the hospital, they were administered first aid treatments and referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where they are still recuperating.

Both victims have been successfully operated on. Afeez had a surgery to remove pellets from his shoulder on Sunday, while Sheriff who was shot in the arm and leg, was operated upon on Monday. Although both of them are recuperating, the incident still lingers in their minds.

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