by Hauwa Gambo
Some bureau de change operators on Allen Avenue in Lagos have accused four policemen of attempting to rob them.
Speaking to Punch on Wednesday, the operators said the policement, who were not in uniform, stormed the bureau de change section of Alade Market, pretending they wanted to change some foreign currency into naira.
Then, they suddenly asked the operators to lie on the floor.
According to the paper, “Asked how he knew that the men were policemen, the operator said some of his colleagues identified one of them as Sheu, a policeman.
“The trader told PUNCH Metro, “When they came they said they wanted to change 5,000 Euros. We did not think anything was wrong until they suddenly asked people to lie down and shot into the air.
““One of the men was wearing an earring. Some of us ran away but we recognised one of them, Shehu, a policeman. We immediately shouted his name and the men quickly rushed into the danfo bus they brought.”
“Our correspondent learnt that when the men ran into the bus, they quickly put on bulletproof vests, which the traders insisted bore resemblance to those used by policemen.
“The trader said the men shot into the air and fled the market.”