Two soldiers (1 serving and 1 dismissed soldier) have been arrested, alongside five other suspects over a robbery attack on a bullion van in Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
The seven suspects were arrested on Saturday, 1st August 2020 after an attack on the 29th of July 2020 which saw four policemen killed.
The bullion van was making a journey from Enugu State to Ebonyi state where it was ambushed by the suspects in the Ebonyi State Capital, Abakiliki.
Following the attack, the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team in conjunction with the Technical Intelligence Support Unit kickstarted an investigation which led to the arrest of Mr Alfred Robinson who was said to be a part of the bullion van robbery operation.
Mr Alfred Robinson is a 45-year-old man who hails from Gelegele Town in Ovia North LGA of Edo State. He was arrested in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.
The African Media gathered that the suspects are now assisting the Intelligence Response Team to apprehend other members of the gang and recover all that was stolen from the bullion van
His other accomplices were arrested the following day by the Intelligence Response Team. The suspects arrested 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.
The ammunition that was recovered from the suspects includes 12 undetonated improvised explosives, one GPMG, six rifles, 51 AK-47 magazines, 1,620 ammunition, 2 robbed vehicles, breaking implements and charms.
It was gathered that the suspects admitted to being the perpetrators of the Ebonyi State robbery. They also added that some of the rifles recovered belonged to the 4 policemen who were murdered during the bullion van robbery operation in Ebonyi State.