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60milion Naira snatched from bullion van found in a supermarket premises in Rivers State

N60m snatched from bullion van found in supermarket premises in RiversThe Rivers State Police Command on Tuesday disclosed that N60 million from the N100 million in a bullion van that went missing on Friday has been recovered. The bullion van was conveying the money for Stanbic Bank Plc.
According to the Rivers State Police Command, the money was recovered on Monday where it was abandoned in a taxi cab in the premises of a popular supermarket, Everyday Supermarket, in the GRA in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The bullion van, which conveyed the over N100 million to Rivers State from Aba in Abia State, was declared missing on Friday. A formal complaint was lodged with the police by the Bank.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration in the Rivers State Police Command, Uche Anozia, explained that the bullion van was contracted from a company in the state to convey money for two new generation banks in Port Harcourt from Aba.

Anozia said the bullion van was declared missing after security escorts accompanying the van disembarked when it had delivered money to one of the banks on the grounds that they were only paid to escort for Zenith Bank Plc.

He added that the driver of the bullion van drove off to a yet-to-be-known destination after the escorts allowed him to go and deliver the N100 million to the other bank, Stanbic Bank Plc.

He said: “On July 8, last Friday, we received a report by one Mr. Stanley Ndubuisi of Bankers Warehouse, about a missing bullion van. It was rented by Zenith Bank and Stanbic Bank, here in Port Harcourt to bring cash from Aba.

“Arriving Port Harcourt, it went to Zenith Bank, delivered the money meant for the bank.

“According to the complainant, at that point, the soldiers disembarked and left.

“Now it remained the money for Stanbic Bank and the driver alone.

“Consequently, the driver absconded with the money.

“We got information on July 11 that a certain Ford Explorer was parked at the premises of Everyday Supermarket, located in GRA and that the vehicle contains sacks suspected to be bank property.

“I immediately dispatched my DC Operations to the area to verify.

“Fortunately for us, it was discovered that the sacks in the vehicle belong to Stanbic Bank because of the seals on them.

“The amount recovered, according to information, is N60,250,000.

“The driver that parked the car there is the driver of Everyday Supermarket.

“He is on the run now.”

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