Police Parade Suspects Of Bullion Van Robbery In Ebonyi Home

Seven suspects responsible for a bullion van robbery attack foiled by the Police in Ebonyi State on the 29th of July 2020, were paraded on Wednesday.

The suspects, Sunday Soyemi, Alfred Robinson, Ayeni Samuel, Emeka Harrison, Emeka Illo, Abuchi Elijah, and Ibaniforio Ekene, had perfected the plan to rob the bullion van.

They carried out surveillance around the movement of the bullion van for two weeks and deployed two stolen vehicles- a Lexus 350 SUV and a Toyota Forerunner for the operation.

Unfortunately for them, the Police foiled their robbery attempt, and four of the Police Officers lost their lives.

“That operation was carried out by me and some of my friends at Ebonyi State. We took two weeks to monitor the Bullion Van, after the two weeks we carried out the operation,” the 46-year-old gang leader, Sunday Soyemi said.

The Force Public Relations Officers, DCP Frank Mba, while parading the suspects, said after the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, NPM, mni, ordered a massive manhunt for the suspects, the Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) successfully apprehended them.

136 rounds of GPMG ammunition, Six Ak 47 Rifles, 61 AK 47 Magazines, five K2 magazines, 1620 rounds of live AK 47 ammunition, two sets of army camouflage, assorted charms, and other house breaking equipment were recovered from the suspects.

DCP Frank added that two of the gang members are still at large, noting that the Police are closing in on them.

Masked men attack bank bullion van, kill cashier, disarm 2 police officers and bolt with money

Seven masked men wielding AK-47 rifles and pump-action guns reportedly attacked an unnamed bank’s bullion van killing one person and leaving two others including a police officer hospitalised in the Ashanti Region.

Police sources are reported as saying two officers, a driver, and a cashier of the bank were onboard the Toyota Hilux bullion van when the attack happened on Friday, September 11, 2020.

Masked men attack bank bullion van, kill cashier, disarm 2 police officers and bolt with money
Masked men attack bank bullion van, kill cashier, disarm 2 police officers and bolt with money

About seven men attacked the van when it reached a section of the road at Manso-Mem and started firing gunshots before reportedly disarmed the two police officers on escort duties and made away with an unspecified amount of money.

Reports say all four occupants of the van were rushed to the St. Martin’s Catholic Hospital at Agroyesum but the cashier of the bank died at the hospital while one of the police officers was treated and discharged.

Masked men attack bank bullion van, kill cashier, disarm 2 police officers and bolt with money
Masked men attack bank bullion van, kill cashier, disarm 2 police officers and bolt with money

According to Citi News, the driver of the van and the other police officers have been referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where they are currently responding to treatment, while the remains of the deceased bank cashier have been deposited at the St. Martins Hospital morgue.

A police investigation is underway into the incident.

Masked men attack bank bullion van, kill cashier, disarm 2 police officers and bolt with money
Masked men attack bank bullion van, kill cashier, disarm 2 police officers and bolt with money