By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Delta State Police Command has arrested the Cash Management
Officer, Amina Oyewole (f), the Chief Security Officer and two Drivers
of the United Bank for Africa, UBA Branch 1 in Asaba over an armed
robbery attack between Otulu/Ubulu-Okiti along Asaba-Benin Expressway
on Tuesday September 1.
AUTHENTIC News Daily gathered this from a statement signed by the Delta State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, which informed that the arrests of the four suspects followed a 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.
The Delta Police Command claimed that when the bank officials earlier
approached the Operations Department of the Command for escort, 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 twenty-five million
Naira (N25, 000,000.00) into their cars – a Honda Pilot Jeep and
Toyota Corolla, Registration numbers unknown, and escaped.”
The Delta Police Command warned that henceforth banks requiring police
escort must adhere to laid down regulations on special escort,
especially during the ”ember” months.
The Command reassured members of the public that no stone will be left
unturned in ensuring that the fleeing armed robbers are apprehended
and brought to book just as it called on them to avail it of any
information that will lead to the realization of this goal.