Police detectives have arrested seven armed robbers, including a serving and a dismissed Soldier for alleged involvement in the robbery of a bullion van in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
It’s reported that the bullion van was moving from Enugu State to Ebonyi State when it was attacked in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on July 29, 2020 , leading to the death of four police officers with others seriously injured.
The suspects were nabbed a few days later in Delta State by the combined efforts of the Force Intelligence Response Team and the Tactical Intelligence Unit.
PRNigeria reports that a manhunt launched by IRT Detectives, arrested one Alfred Robinson, 45 years of age, a native of Gelegele Town in Ovia North LGA of Edo State on 1/8/2020 in Asaba, Delta State.
During intensive follow up, six more gang members were arrested by IRT Detectives within 24hrs. They include: Sgt Ayeni Samuel, a Nigerian Soldier serving in Ikeja, Lagos; Cpl Emeka Harrison a dismissed Soldier who had served in Maiduguri Borno State; Emeka Illo, the Sponsor of the operation; and Abuchi Elijah Aka ‘Chime D Mosquito’ an Informant for the robbers and Ibanifiroi Ekiene a native of Tombia Community
Firearms recovered from the criminals include 12 undetonated improvised explosives, one GPMG, six rifles, 51 AK-47 magazines, 1,620 ammunition, 2 robbed vehicles, breaking implements and charms.
The suspects confessed to the crime upon interrogation and promised to assist the police with information to arrest the remaining gang members.