Rivers State police command said it has recovered N6.2 million which belonged to Stanbic IBTC Bank in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the money, which was brought in from Aba, last Friday, through Bankers Warehouse, a company that deals on bullion van hire in the state, was diverted by the driver, one Ndubuisi, who at the same time reported to the police that the money was missing.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration, DCP Uche Anozia, who briefed journalists at the command headquarters, said the driver had conveyed money belonging to both Zenith Bank and Stanbic IBTC Bank from Aba to Port Harcourt, accompanied by a troop of soldiers. According to him, the soldiers disembarked after that of Zenith Bank was delivered, which made the driver, who is now on the run to abscond with the remaining cash.
“The company is located at 36 Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt. It engages in bullion van services that are rented by banks to convey money.
“So on July 8, we received a report by one Stanley Ndubuisi of Bankers Warehouse that a bullion van was rented from this particular company by Zenith Bank and Stanbic Bank in Port Harcourt. The bullion van was to go to Aba, to the branches of these particular banks to convey cash to Port Harcourt.
“The bullion van was mounted by a driver who drove the vehicle to Aba, on his way back; the bullion van after collecting the cash was accompanied by soldiers, according to the complainant. When the bullion van arrived back at Port Harcourt, it went to Zenith Bank and delivered the aspect of money being owned by Zenith Bank to it. And according to the complainant, at that point, the soldiers disembarked and left. Now it remained the money for Stanbic Bank and the driver alone. Consequently, the driver absconded with the vehicle and the money”, he said.
DC Anozia further stated that the money was recovered at Every Day Supermarket at GRA Phase II, after a security man attached to the super market raised suspicion on the vehicle.
He said: “Today being 11th of July, (Monday), useful intelligence was received by me in my office that a certain Ford Explorer was parked at the premises of a Super Market called Every Day Supermarket located at 2 Elenwo Street, GRA Phase II and that the vehicle had certain sacks contained in it.
“What actually elicited the attention of the security officer of the super market was that the glasses of this vehicle were veiled with black celophin bags and the vehicle belongs to the company and he discovered that the vehicle contained some sacks resembling bank sacks stuffed with something he could not identify but suspected to be cash. So he came and reported to me.
“I immediately dispatched my DC Operations to go to the scene to verify and confirm or invalidate the information. Fortunately for us, when the vehicle was opened, it was discovered that the sacks belonged to Stanbic because the sacks had the seals of Stanbic Bank. There in the open, in the presence of the super market within public glare, a video recording was made and when the sacks were opened, that is the evidence you can see on the floor here.
“And the amount recovered, according to the information and according to what we have here is sixty million, two hundred and fifty thousand naira. Investigation is still ongoing. The man who parked the vehicle there is a driver to Every Day Super Marker, he is on the run right now and the complainant is also on the run. Investigation is ongoing, but in the course of time we will get them.”
He, therefore, advised banks to ensure that staff accompany their money during such moves for safety reasons.

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