The Police in Rivers State have recovered the sum of N60.250 million, belonging to one of the new generation banks in Port Harcourt which was missing.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of Administration, Uche Anozia, disclosed this in a news briefing in Port Harcourt, the state capital. Anozia is the acting CP after the elevation of the last Commissioner of Police (CP) Mr. Foluso Adebanjo to the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), and his subsequent redeployment. Adebanjo merely spent only two weeks as the CP command of Rivers State before his elevation.
Anozia said the recovered followed a report by a security guard of a supermarket in Port Harcourt in whose premises a vehicle containing the missing cash was parked.
According to him, two banks in Port Harcourt, Zenith and Stanbic ITC, had contracted the services of a bullion van company in Port Harcourt, to convey their monies from their branches at Aba, Abia state. While the services to Zenith was successfully completed and their money delivered in the company of armed soldiers, that of Stanbic bank was not. The Soldiers disembarked the bullion van at Zenith bank, leaving the portion meant for Stanbic with the driver alone with the cash in the vehicle.
He disclosed that the driver absconded with both the cash and vehicle for three days Three days after, Monday July 11, cash of N60.250 million contained in five bank sacks, marked and sealed with Stanbic IBTC bank seal were recovered by the Police in a Ford Explorer vehicle which whose glasses were veiled with black waterproof bags and parked at the premises of a Supermarket at the GRA area of Port Harcourt. The presence of the suspicious vehicle in the supermarket car park was reported by the security guard on duty at the supermarket. The DC said both the driver of the Ford vehicle, that of the bullion van and the security man who reported the presence of the Ford vehicle in his business premises are on the run. He disclosed that nobody is presently being questioned in connection with the crime, but said efforts are being made to arrest the fleeing driver and the complainant.
Reports had it that the actual amount Stanbic IBTC bank was expecting was about N100 million instead of the N60.250 million recovered. The bank is said to have however, taken delivery of the recovered amount.