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Abia Police parades DSS ex-officer, nine others attacking bullion vans

By Esther Kalu

The Abia Police Command has arrested an ex officer of the Department of State Services (DSS), Prosper Israel, and nine others attacking bullion vans.

The other nine suspects were said to have included Adesoji Adeniyi, Albert Nwachukwu, arrested in Lagos State.

Others were Felix Ajalaja, Moshood Opeyemi, Azubuike Amaefule, arrested in Rivers State while Nnamdi Nwaosu, Monday Samuel, Chikwendu Israel, and Matthew Christmas, were arrested in Imo, Ondo, Abia and Delta, respectively.

The 10 members of a dare-devil robbery gang were said to have robbed a bullion van on July 26 and carted away about N390 million.

The Commissioner of Police, Janet Agbede, said that the suspects belonged to a 14-member gang that specialised in bullion van robbery in different parts of the country.

She said that they were arrested at different times and locations in Abia, Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Rivers and Imo.

Parading the suspects before newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Umuahia, yesterday, she said that the arrest was made possible by a special intelligence, technologically-led investigation squad..

She said that the squad was set up in the aftermath of the July attack, which occurred at Ntigha Junction on the Isialangwa axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

“I carefully studied their modus operandi and set up a special intelligence, technologically-led investigation squad, with a clear directive to arrest and recover weapons used by the deadly armed gang. Consequently, the squad systematically commenced operation, applying speed and accuracy.” she said.

According to her, the effort of the squad led to the arrest of the suspects at different locations and days.

Agbede said that the suspects confessed to the crime “in their individual voluntary statements and that the suspects confessed to have robbed bullion vans in Ajah in Lagos, Akure Road in Ondo State, Asaba and Mbaise in Imo.

She said the suspects confessed that the Abia attack was executed after they successfully mounted about two months surveillance on the bullion van.

The Commissioner disclosed that weapons recovered from the suspects included one General Purpose Machine Gun with 53 rounds of live ammunition, 13 AK-47 Rifles with 1,749 live ammunition,  two improvised explosive dynamites.

Others were one Cut-to-size double barrel gun with five live cartridges and 84 AK-47 magazines while the operatives also impounded a Mercedes Benz truck allegedly used by the gang to conceal their firearms.

“They also recovered N10,184,000 from the suspects out of the N390 million allegedly stolen from the bullion van.” She added.

The state police chief further said that investigation was still in progress to ensure the arrest of other members of the gang still at large.

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