Tunde Bolaji – Minna
Five Unidentified gunmen have snatched over N9.5m from the Chief Accountant of the office of the Niger state Head of Service in Minna the state capital.
The gunmen had trailed the Chief Accountant Alhaji Idris Abdullahi from a commercial bank up to the gates leading to the state secretariat complex where they blocked the road in an unmarked vehicle making it impossible for the chief accountant to drive to the office which is just a stone throw from where the gunmen blocked the road.
The gunmen immediately started shooting into the air making people and motorists coming towards the secretariat to scamper for safety.
The money was said to be the overhead expenses fund for the office of the Head of Service for the month of August.
An eyewitness said that one of the gunmen approached the vehicle conveying the chief accountant and took the money said to be in “Ghana Must Go” bags
The gunmen according to the eyewitness continued to shoot into the air as they drove through the western by- pass in a blue 406 Peugeot salon car .
The vehicle was said to have been involved in a crash as the robbers tried to escape making them to abandon the car after which they reportedly snatched another one in which they got away to safety.
When contacted State Police Command Public Relations Officer DSP Muhammed Abubakar confirmed the incident saying men of the anti robbery squad had been sent after the robbers.
DSP Abubakar said ” We are trailing them, we will make sure we arrest them” adding that information about the incident had been relayed to all police points across the state.
About three weeks ago a similar incident which involved the cashier of the state Judicial Service Commission took place during which N1.9m was snatched from the cashier in similar fashion.