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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.

In a statement signed by the Delta State Acting Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, 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.

Author: Yemi Olarinre