Recent reports from Asaba, Delta State, has indicated that four officials of an Asaba branch of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) have been arrested yesterday by the police in connection with an armed robbery attack on a bullion van conveying cash put at N25 million on Tuesday.
The bullion van which was said to be conveying cash from a UBA branch in Agbor to Asaba, Delta State, when the hoodlums waylaid it around Otulu/Ubulu-Okiti area of the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha expressway.
The robbers were said to have shot sporadically into the air before emptying the contents of the bullion van into their operational vehicles, a Honda Pilot Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), and a Toyota Corolla saloon car, and zoomed off unchallenged in the operation that lasted for only a few minutes.
One of the escort policemen was reportedly wounded during the operation.
The Public Relations Officer of Delta State Police Command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the arrest of the four bank officials including the Cash Management Officer of the UBA branch in Asaba, Amina Oyewole, the Chief Security Officer and two drivers.
The PPRO said that the suspects were arrested following preliminary investigation of the robbery incident which revealed that in a bid to cut corners, they (the arrested suspects) illegally picked seven police officers from different locations, and engaged them on an illegal escort for the conveyance of the lump sum from Agbor to Asaba.
DSP Aniamaka also added that the suspects did not use serviceable, secure armored bullion van as required by law.
He said –
“Needless to state that when the bank officials earlier approached the operations department of the command for escort men their request was turned down on the grounds that the bank does not have a serviceable bullion van needed for such operations.
The command warns that, henceforth, banks requiring police escort must adhere to laid down regulations on specie escort, especially during the ‘ember’ months.”
The police command has already spread its dragnet to apprehend the fleeing gang of robbers and bring them to book while it pleaded with the public to provide it with useful information that would held in their operation.