A driver was, on Monday, shot dead and N5million carted away by suspected armed robbers in Warri, Delta State.
The driver, Chidobe Nkem, as gathered, worked with Smu-Tuns House Nigeria Limited, a company allegedly owned by Chief Tunde Smooth, a marine business mogul based in Warri.
Tribune Online gathered that the incident occurred around 9:45a.m.
The driver and the manager of Smu-Tuns House (name unknown) were said to have gone to the First City Monument Bank along Airport road near St Mary’s Junction to withdraw money meant for workers salary.
Sources said the driver and the manager, who were driving in a Mercedes Benz (e-class), had noticed that a vehicle was on their trail right from the bank on their way to the office.
They, therefore, decided to navigate through the Ajamimogha link road to Mabiaku road, but a commercial tricycle suddenly blocked their front view and the armed robbers quickly shot the tyres of the vehicle.
Amid the reverie, the driver, Chidobe Nkem, allegedly lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and rammed into the fence of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Anglican Communion complex, near the “A” Division Police Headquarters in Warri.
The bandits were said to have rushed out of their waiting car, shot dead the driver, blasted the booth of the car with the gun and made away the bad containing the N5m.
The manager was, however, lucky as he swiftly escaped through the broken fence of the church.
The Divisional Police Officer of “A” Division, CSP Kevin Zuokumor declined comments on the incident.
A senior police source, however, described the incident as “unfortunate.”
He disclosed that the police were already investigating the robbery, adding that the remains of the deceased driver has been deposited in the morgue of the Central Hospital Morgue, Warri.