The Delta State Police Command disclosed on Wednesday that it has arrested four bank officials for their role in an armed robbery operation between Otulu and Ubulu-Okiti axis of the Benin-Asaba Expressway.
A policeman was shot dead in the robbery operation. The four suspects work for an old generation commercial bank.
Dare devil armed robbers had Tuesday waylaid bullion van ferrying money from Agbor to Asaba and robbed it of the N25m the van was conveying.
In a statement on Wednesday Delta State Police spokesman DSP Andrew Aniamaka said the four suspects arrested include a female cash management officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Branch 1, Amina Oyewole, Chief Security Officer and two drivers.
He said the quartet were arrested after a preliminary investigation showed that in their bid to “cut corners” picked seven policemen from different locations and engaged them in an illegal escort to convey N25m from its branch in Agbor, Ika South L.G.A to Asaba-the State Capital without using a serviceable armoured vehicle as required by law.
The statement reads in part, “The Cash management Officer of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Branch 1, Asaba, one Amina Oyewole ‘f’, the Chief Security Officer of the bank and two drivers were arrested by Delta State Police Command following an armed robbery attack which occurred Tuesday, September 5, 2017 between Otulu and Ubulu-Okiti, along Asaba/Benin expressway, Delta State.
“Their arrest followed preliminary investigation into the attack which revealed that, in a bid to cut corners, the bank officials illegally picked seven police officers from different locations, yet to be determined, and engaged them on an illegal escort for the conveyance of the sum of twenty-five million naira from its branch in Agbor to Asaba without using a serviceable, secure armored bullion van as required by law”
He said a policeman was killed.
He added: “One of the police escorts was fatally injured by the armed robbers who also emptied the twenty-five million naira (N25, 000,000.00) into their cars- a Honda Pilot Jeep and Toyota Corolla, Registration numbers unknown, and escaped”.
The Command warned that banks requiring police escort must adhere to laid down regulations on specie escort especially during the ”ember” months