Men of the Nigeria Police have foiled bank robbery attack in Port Harcourt Rivers State.
According to a statement by DCP Don N. Awunah, fsi, the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, the suspects have been arrested.
It said that the vicious armed robbers who specialized in Bank Robbery, recovery of catches of arms and ammunition and a senior Bank Staff and security personnel attached to the Bank were involved in the foiled armed Robbery attack on Access Bank Branch in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
The statements listed the suspects as Samuel Ndudiri ‘M’ 28 years (staff of the Bank), a principal suspect and the master mind of the foiled armed robbery attack.
Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma ‘M’ a dismissed Policeman, Samuel Nwala ‘M’ 28 years, Lucky Ukwuoma ‘M’26 years and Kaale Taagabah ‘M’ 27 years.
Exhibits found on them include 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.
On the 22nd December, 2016, the five (5) suspects mentioned above and other still at large stormed a Branch of Access Bank PLC in Port Harcourt, relying on information and active involvement of one of the staff of the Bank, the armed robbers successfully broke down the wall fortified security doors and barriers and took over the banking hall.
It said that they were almost pulling down the vault of the Bank 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 foiled the armed robbery attack on the Bank and made a prompt arrest of three (3) of the suspects at the scene; namely Samuel Nwala ‘M’ 28 years, Lucky Ukwuoma ‘M’ 26 years, Kaale Taagabah ‘M’ 27 years.
In the course of thorough investigation into the foiled armed robbery attack on the Bank, 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 (2) 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.
However, concerted efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice.The case will be charged to court on completion of investigation.