One dead in bullion van ambush, 25m stolen

The cash management officer, the chief security officer and two drivers of the affected bank have been arrested by officers of the Delta State Police Command.

Naij reports that the incident occurred along the Asaba-Benin expressway, Delta state.

According to the reports, the robbery which reportedly took place between Otulu and Ubulu-Okiti saw the robbers who were up to six in number.

The reports have revealed that the cash management officer, the chief security officer and two drivers of the affected bank have been arrested by officers of the Delta State Police Command.

DSP Andrew Aniamaka, the state's police public relations officer, claimed that the officers from the bank broke protocol when they picked seven police officers from different locations to escort the van from Agbor to Asaba.

Aniamaka 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.

“Sadly, during the attack, one of the police escorts was fatally injured by the armed robbers who also emptied the N25,000,000 into their cars – a Honda Pilot ‘jeep’ and Toyota Corolla, registration numbers unknown, and escaped.”

May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

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