– The Nigeria Police Force has announced the arrest of a gang of armed robbers that specializes in robbing banks in Port Harcourt, Rivers state
– Members of the gang were arrested alongside some Access Bank employees who were their informants
– The police gave their names as 28-year-old Samuel Nwala, 26-year-old Lucky Ukwuoma and 27-year-old Kaale Taagabah, all male
The police in Port Harcourt, Rivers state has arrested a gang of armed robbers that specializes in bank robbery.
They are part of the gang of robbers who recently stormed a branch of Access Bank PLC in Port Harcourt.
The gang was arrested alongside their informants, a senior bank staff and a security personnel attached to the bank.
The suspected criminals have been identified as 28-year-old Samuel Nwala, 26-year-old Lucky Ukwuoma and 27-year-old Kaale Taagabah, all males.
A police statement read:“On the 22nd December, 2016, the five (5) suspects mentioned above and other still at large stormed a Branch of Access Bank PLC in Port Harcourt, relying on information and active involvement of one of the staff of the Bank, the armed robbers successfully broke down the well-fortified security doors and barriers and took over the banking hall.
“They were almost pulling down the vault of the Bank and other strong rooms in the bank with use of gas cylinder welding machine and iron cutters before the joint Police Teams of IGP’S Intelligence Response Team and Policemen from Rivers state Police Command swiftly moved in and dislodged them, thereby foiled the armed robbery attack on the Bank and made a prompt arrest of three (3) of the suspects at the scene; namely Samuel Nwala ‘M’ 28 years, Lucky Ukwuoma ‘M’ 26 years, Kaale Taagabah ‘M’ 27 years.
“In the course of thorough investigation into the foiled armed robbery attack on the Bank, the principal suspect who is a staff of the Bank and the master mind of the armed robber attack was subsequently arrested based on the confessional statements volunteered by the last three suspects arrested at the scene.
“The arrest of the principal suspect led to the arrest of Ex SGT Promise Ukwuoma who participated actively in the armed robbery attack on the Bank, the two (2) AK 47 riffles and the ammunition were recovered from him.
“All the suspects have volunteered confessional and useful statements to the Police about the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime.
“However, concerted efforts are being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Patience Jonathan, wife of the former president Goodluck Jonathan, has said members of Nigeria police force searched her family house but found nothing incriminating.
The former first lady who spoke through her lawyer Charles Ogboli claimed that only cheque books were found on the premises.