Some bank officials in Delta State are being investigated over a case of robbery soon after an attack on a bullion van.
The Delta Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 4 staff of the United Bank for Africa (UBA), Asaba main branch, following last Tuesday’s robbery attack on a bullion van over the Benin-Asaba road.
The command’s Spokesperson, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said this in a statement released on Wednesday in Asaba.
Aniamaka stated that the arrest of the bank employees accompanied investigation in to the bullion van attack which left a policeman fatally injured and the sum of N25 million carted away.
“The command has arrested one Amina Oyewole, the Cash Management Officer of UBA Branch 1 Asaba, the main Security Officer along with two drivers.
“The suspects were arrested by the Police following an armed robbery attack which occurred on Tuesday, Sept. 5, between Otulu and Ubulu-Okiti, along Asaba/Benin expressway in the state.
“Their arrest followed preliminary investigation in to the attack which unmasked that, in a bid to cut corners, the bank officials illegally picked seven police officers from different locations yet to be determined to move the money,” Aniamaka said.
He said the bank staff engaged the policemen on an illegal escort for the conveyance of the sum of N25 million from UBA branch in Agbor to Asaba.
He said the officials also didn’t employ the usage of a serviceable secured armored bullion van as required by law in the movement of the cash.
The spokesperson said an earlier request for escort men was rejected by the Operations Department of the command as the bank didn’t have serviceable bullion van required for such operation.
He said that through the attack, one of the police escorts was fatally wounded by the armed robbers who also succeeded in carting away the N25 million in a Honda Pilot Jeep and a Toyota Corolla.
“The command warns that henceforth banks requiring police escort must adhere to laid down regulations on special escort especially during the Ember Months.
“The command reassures members of the public that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that the fleeing armed robbers are apprehended and brought to book,” he said.