The Nigerian Police, on Thursday, said it arrested a gang of Vicious Armed Robbers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, specialized in bank robbery, recovering catches of arms and ammunition.
Also arrested during the attack on Access Bank branch in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, according to a statement by Don Awunah, Force Public Relations officer, Abuja, were a senior staff of the bank and security personnel attached to the bank.
The statement named Samuel Ndudiri, a 28-year old male staff of the bank, as a principal suspect and the master mind of the foiled armed robbery attack; while his accomplices included Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma, male, a dismissed Policeman.
Other suspects now in Police custody are: Samuel Nwala, 28-year old male; Lucky Ukwuoma, 26; and Kaale Taagabah, 27.
Recovered from the five-man gang were two AK 47 Rifles and magazines fully loaded with Ammunition; a welding machine; two gas cylinders and iron cutters; a big Chisel; cutting saw; hammer; and acetylene gas power.
The five suspect and others now at large, according to the state, on December 22, 2016, stormed the bank branch in Port Harcourt, relying on information and active involvement of one of the staff of the bank.
“The armed robbers successfully broke down the well-fortified security doors and barriers and took over the banking hall. They were almost pulling down the vault of thebmank and other strong rooms in the bank with use of gas cylinder welding machine and iron cutters before the joint Police Teams of IGP’S Intelligence Response Team and Policemen from Rivers state Police Command swiftly moved in and dislodged them, thereby foiling the armed robbery attack on the bank.”
Three of the suspects Nwala, Ukwuoma and Taagabah were arrested at the scene.
Investigations, the Police continued, revealed that “the principal suspect who is a staff of the bank and the master mind of the armed robber attack was subsequently arrested based on the confessional statements volunteered by the last three suspects arrested at the scene.
“The arrest of the principal suspect led to the arrest of Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma who participated actively in the armed robbery attack on the bank, the two AK 47 riffles and the ammunition were recovered from him. All the suspects have volunteered confessional and useful statements to the Police about the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime,” the statement added, assuring that efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large.