The Rivers State police command has disclosed that a bullion van driver absconded with N60,250,000 million, being part of over N100,000 million meant for two generation banks in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The said amount was part of the N100,000 million contained in the bullion van and which was declared missing on its way from Aba in Abia State to Port Harcourt, last Friday.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (administration), Mr Uche Anozia, made this known while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt, on Monday evening, adding that the money was, however, found in an abandoned vehicle in Port Harcourt, on Monday.
He said the driver (still at large and name not disclosed), was taking the money from Aba in Abia State to the two new generation banks (Zenith and Stanbic) in Port Harcourt, when he diverted after making the first delivery at the first bank.
According to Anozia, the bullion van got missing after security escorts attached to it disembarked after the first delivery with the intention to go to Stanbic Bank, only for the driver to drive off to an unknown destination
“On July8, we received a report by one Mr Stanley Ndubuisi of Bankers Warehouse, a company located at 36 Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt.
“The company engages in bullion van services. These bullion vans are rented by banks to convey their cash to-and-fro. So, on this day, a bullion van was rented from this company by Zenith Bank and Stanbic Bank, here in Port Harcourt.
“The bullion van was to go to Aba to the branches of these particular banks to convey cash to Port Harcourt on behalf of these banks. The bullion van was manned by a driver who drove the vehicle to Aba. On his way back after collecting the cash, he was accompanied by soldiers, according to the complainant.
“When he arrived Port Harcourt, he went to Zenith bank and delivered the aspect of the money owned by the bank to it. 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 money,” he said.