Rivers State Police Command have recovered a bullion van containing N6m in Port Harcourt, Monday.
Uche Anozia, a Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of administration in the state, told journalsts on Tuesday that the state Police Command recovered the van with the N6m abandoned by a bullion van driver infront of supermarket in Port Harcoourt.
Anozia revealed that the recovery of the cash happened after the Police Command received a complaint from the Bankers Warehouse that a bullion van conveying money from Aba to Port Harcourt had been diverted.
“The complaint came in on Friday, July 8, but the bullion van was successfully recovered yesterday, Monday, July 11”.
According to DCP Anozia, two of the main suspects in the theft are still on the run, but will be apprehended as the investigation continues.
He said: “A bullion van was rented by Zenith and Stanbic IBTC banks here in Port Harcourt. The bullion van was to go to Aba to the branches of these particular banks, to convey cash from Aba to Port Harcourt on behalf of these banks.
“The van was manned by a driver. While in Aba some soldiers were attached to accompany the bullion van.
“When the bullion van arrived in Port Harcourt, it went to Zenith Bank to deliver the aspect of money owned by the bank”.
According to the complainant, the soldiers disembarked and left after discharging cash at Zenith bank.
“Now, it remained the money for Stanbic IBTC bank and the driver alone. Consequently, the driver absconded with the vehicle and the money.
“On July the 11th useful intelligence was received by me that a Ford Explorer was parked at the premises of a supermarket, Everyday Supermaket in GRA.
“The vehicle was opened and the amount recovered is sixty million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira only (N60,250,000).
“The driver of the bullion van and complainant are on the run. I can assure you that investigations are still on and we are making efforts to get them”, he said.