Monday, 7 December 2015

Two DSS staff arrested over N310m robbery, three others still at large


The Department of State Services (DSS) in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, December 6, said the Service has arrested two out of five of its staff members involved in the robbery of N310 million belonging to a Bureau De Change operator in Abuja.

According to the statement, preliminary investigations revealed that Abdulharasheed Ahmadu Maigari conspired with four of his colleagues, Solomon Inusa, Patrick Ishaya, George Mwatapwa Ibbi, and Peter Okoye to carry out the attack. Maigari and Ibbi were arrested while the other three are at still at large.

"Efforts are ongoing to apprehend those still at large. A total of Sixty-Six Million Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty-five Naira (N66,437,445.00) and Six Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($6,200) have so far been recovered, while efforts are being made to recover the remaining amounts. It is to be noted that security agencies now act in concert, thus the joint investigation undertaken with the Police, Army and the DSS," the statement reads.

"This action of the Service is in line with the posture of the current Administration and DSS management focus on professionalism, transparency and accountability. Those so far arrested have been suspended pending the completion of investigations.

"For the avoidance of doubt, the Service wants to reiterate its commitment to the basic ideals and principles as established by its forebears and will not spare anyone found to be contravening the rules and regulations or the laws of the land.

"We therefore encourage members of the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of those at large to volunteer same to the Service or other security agency.

"The DSS also wishes to use this opportunity to assure all law abiding citizens of their safety and urge them to partner with the Service in the smooth discharge of its responsibilities."

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