Daredevil armed robbers on Saturday snatched N3 million meant for payment of workers’ salaries and allowances in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The workers reportedly snatched the money from one Victor Chukwuani, believed to be a cashier with Oji River LGA, at Lagos Street, within the Ogui axis of Enugu metropolis on Friday morning.
Also in Akwa Ibom State, the Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee, in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, handed over three suspected oil thieves to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
In Enugu, it was gathered that Chukwuani had withdrawn the money from a New Generation Bank located at Rangers Avenue in Enugu, split it into two and placed it differently in his car before leaving the bank premises
But as he drove along Lagos Street, a green coloured Spider car double-crossed him.
Four men jumped down from the car and ordered him at gunpoint to bring the money.
He was said to have handed over a part of the money to them but the robbers insisted that they saw him divide the money into two and that he should bring the balance.
The cashier handed over the money to the robbers and they escaped from the scene immediately
Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday.
Amaraizu said: “Chukwuani believed to be a cashier with the said council had claimed that on 24/7/15 in the morning that he had gone to a new generation bank located at Rangers Avenue in Enugu where he allegedly withdrew the sum of N3 million being money meant for salaries and allowances of some staff of the local government which according to him is to be paid cash.
“He further claimed that after the withdrawal, he split the money into two and placed them differently inside his personal car and drove off and at lagos street within ogui axis,a spider car green in colour blocked him and with the emergence of four men armed with gun and ordered him to give them the money.
“According to him, he released the first bag to them and they insisted that one other bag is left and threatened to shoot him before it was finally given to them and they disappeared.
“Meanwhile Chukwuani is yet to give convincing reason why himself went alone to withdraw such a money and why the option of paying by salary and allowance by hand contrary to their system of paying staff through bank,” Amaraizu said.
The suspected oil thieves in Akwa Ibom were arrested for allegedly stealing 8,420 litres of products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), two generators, one pumping machine, one 40 horse power out-board engines.