Police recover N60m stolen bank money in Rivers

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The Police in Rivers State have recovered N60,250,000 cash belonging to a bank in Port Harcourt.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Administration) Uche Anozia broke the news at a briefing in Port Harcourt, Monday night.

Anozia, who is the acting police chief, following the elevation of the last Commissioner of Police (CP), Foluso Adebanjo to Deputy Inspector-General of Police(DIG), and his redeployment, said the recovery followed a report by a Port Harcourt Supermarket guard who saw in its premises a vehicle containing the cash.

He said two banks Zenith and Stanbic IBTC, contracted a bullion van company in Port Harcourt to convey their monies from their branches in Aba, Abia State. While the service to Zenith was successfully completed and the amount belonging to them delivered in the company of soldiers, that of Stanbic Bank was not.

The soldiers disembarked from the bullion van at Zenith Bank, leaving the portion meant for Stanbic with the driver, who absconded with both the cash and the vehicle, which was missing for three days.

On Monday, the N60,250,000 contained in five sacks (marked) and secured with Stanbic IBTC bank seal were recovered by the police in a Ford Explorer vehicle which glasses were veiled with black waterproof bags and parked at the premises of a Supermarket at the GRA, Port Harcourt.

The presence of the suspicious vehicle in the supermarket car park was reported by the security guard.

The police said both the driver of the Ford, that of the bullion van and the security man who reported the presence of the Ford in his business premises are on the run. The police said nobody was being questioned in connection with the crime, but efforts are being made to arrest the fleeing driver and the complainant.

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