About 20 militants in the wee hours of Sunday reportedly attacked the marine police Post of the Lagos State Police Command in Epe, exchanging gunfire with the policemen.
The gunmen arrived in a speedboat to the Marine beach at about 12.30am, Punch reports.
Policemen from the Epe division, the Rapid Response Squad and the Counter-Terrorism Unit, were mobilised to the scene to repel the attack.
“It was at about 12am that the militants invaded the Marine Police Post, Epe. Their mission was to kill the policemen and dismantle the security structures around the place so that they could embark on a bank robbery maybe on Monday,” a security official said.
“The gunfire lasted for several minutes, and the whole area was riddled with bullets. Eventually, they succeeded in sinking the gunboat. No policeman was killed but some might have been injured by the bullets.”
The robbers escaped in their boat but not before they riddled the station with bullets. The gunboat, which they attempted to steal, sank in the water.