Bullion van robbery: Police nab soldiers, others

Faces of robbers that attacked Bullion Van in Ebonyi state
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Nigeria Police detectives have arrested seven armed robbers including two soldiers for alleged robbery of a bullion van in Ebonyi State.

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.

Several 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, two robbed vehicles, breaking implements and charms.

The police said all suspects, upon 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 Police said all suspects, upon 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 the police to arrest the remaining gang members.

This arrest comes following last week's report of armed robbers attacking a bullion van in Ebonyi State, killing four police officers who were escorting the vehicle and leaving others injured.

The four policemen killed were attached to the Enugu State Police command.

They were escorting a bullion van to one of the First generation banks along Ogoja in Abakaliki when they met their death along Ezzamgbo, an axis of the Enugu/Abakaliki Express road.

Confirming the incident, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Loveth Odah, said that apart from the four officers that were shot dead, others sustained various degrees of gunshot wounds.

The Police spokesperson said that the robbers operated with two vehicles, one in front of the bullion van while another was in.

She added that on getting to the Ezzamgbo flyover, which is still under construction, the robbers took advantage of the traffic congestion and opened fire on the security operatives.

DSP Odah noted that though the robbers did not succeed in carting away with the money, she pointed out that the robbers headed back to Enugu after the failed operation.

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