Police Arrest Soldiers, Others – Bullion Van Robbery
The Nigeria Police detectives on Monday apprehended seven armed robbers involved in the alleged robbery of a bullion van in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
The suspect arrested on Monday includes two soldiers, one serving, one dismissed.
Recall that the incident led to the death of four police officers, while several others were injured.
The suspects were nabbed in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
On Monday, the Police Situation Report (SITREP) seen by PRNigeria, said, “IRT Detectives with technical Intelligence Support from TIU arrested one Alfred Robinson, 45, a native of Gelegele Town in Ovia North LGA of Edo State on 1/8/2020 in Asaba, Delta State.”
It added that: “During intensive follow up, six more gang members were arrested by IRT detectives within 24 hours.”
The SITREP listed them as Sgt Ayeni Samuel, a Nigerian soldier serving in Ikeja, Lagos; Cpl Emeka Harrison, a dismissed soldier who had served in Borno State; Emeka Illo, sponsor of the operation; Abuchi Elijah, aka ‘Chime D Mosquito’, the informant for the robbers; and Ibanifiroi Ekiene, a native of Tombia community.
A number of firearms were recovered from the criminals.
These are 12 improvised explosives that did not detonate: One GPMG, six rifles, 51 AK-47 magazines, 1,620 ammunition, 2 robbed vehicles, breaking implements and charms.
The police further stated that all the suspects during interrogation confessed to the bullion van robbery.
They confessed that 4 out of the rifles recovered belong to the policemen killed during the operation.
The suspects are assisting police to arrest the remaining gang members.