Security agency arrests 2 staff members over N310m robbery

It said that while three other Service staff members were still at large, the military had begun a detailed investigation of five of its personnel allegedly involved in the crime.

Lawan Daura

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested two out of five of its staff members for their alleged involvement in a N310 million robbery, a statement said in Abuja on Sunday.

The statement, issued by an operative of the service, Mr Tonu Opuiyo, said that the money belonged to a Bureau De Change operator in Abuja.

The statement said preliminary investigations revealed that one of the suspects conspired with four of his colleagues to carry out the act.

It said that the five military personnel were led by a captain.

The statement said that efforts were on-going to apprehend those still at large.

It said that N66.4 million and 6,000 dollars of the sum had so far been recovered, while efforts were on to recover the remainder.

"It is to be noted that security agencies now act in concert, thus the joint investigation undertaken with the Police, Army and the DSS.

"This action of the service is in line with the posture of the current Administration and DSS management focused on professionalism, transparency and accountability," it said

The statement said that those arrested had been suspended pending the completion of investigations.

"The Service wants to reiterate its commitment to the basic ideals and principles as established by its forebears and will not spare anyone found to be contravening the rules and regulations or the laws of the land.

"We therefore encourage members of the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of those at large to volunteer same to the Service or other security agency.

"The DSS also wishes to use this opportunity to assure all law abiding citizens of their safety and urge them to partner with the Service in the smooth discharge of its responsibilities," it said.

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