Robbery suspects arrested in reference to the assault on a bullion van and killing of four policemen in Ebonyi State in July have explained how their gang leader, one Clement Abanara aka Millions, planned their operations from Ikoyi prison, Lagos, wherein he’s remanded.
The suspects are dismissed squaddies, Ayeni Samuel and Emeka Ariston, Abanara’s cousin, Alfred Robinson and four others identified as Sunday Solemu, Abuchi Alfred, Emeka Ilo and Ekene Igbanifore.
They had been apprehended recently by using operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team at the same time as they had been reportedly making plans to rob a business bank in Asaba, Delta State.
A fashionable-motive machine gun, six AK-47 rifles, 51 magazines, 1,620 rounds of stay ammunition, two cars, and charms, have been said to were recovered from them.
City Round learnt that the IRT arrested Abanara four years ago and arraigned him on robbery costs before a Lagos court docket which remanded him in jail custody.
Abanara allegedly took element in financial institution robberies in Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara regions of Lagos, wherein thousands and thousands of naira were carted away.
In an interview with newshounds all through the week, the dismissed squaddies stated they have been looking for money to help their households while a pal, who is serving a prison term in Ikoyi jail, brought them to Abanara.
One of them, Ayeni, stated, “I joined the Nigeria Army in 2003 and I became dismissed due to the fact I took element in an unlawful duty. After my dismissal in 2014, I had no process then I become brought to Millions (Abanara) who’s in prison. He linked me up together with his cousin Robinson. Millions said he wanted me to provide army cover during operations and I delivered in my colleague, Ariston.
“We went for the operation in our uniforms. We have been unlucky the bullion van escaped from the scene. I also took part in a theft operation in Awka, Anambra, the next day and I were given N150,000 as my share. I became arrested while we had been planning to rob some other bullion van in Asaba.”
He stated after the failed operation, they proceeded to Akwa, Anambra, in which they robbed a recharge card dealer of N7.5m and other valuables.
The father of four also confessed to having taken element in the 2015 bank theft within the Lekki place of Lagos and got a proportion of N5m from the proceeds.
He said, “I am from Gelegele Local Government Area of Edo State and I am married and have 4 youngsters. I turned into a logger earlier than I went into unlawful oil bunkering. It became my cousin, Millions, who added me into oil bunkering. He is from my mother’s circle of relatives.
“I invested the N5m I were given from the Lekki bank robbery in oil bunkering from. I turned into doing the ‘business’ whilst my pal, Sunday Soyemi, brought the Ebonyi State bullion van robbery. I referred to as my cousin in jail and he gave me all of the pointers I needed for the operation.
“He related me with the ex-squaddies and that they participated inside the operation. He advised us not to apply our vehicles for the operation and we accompanied his instructions. Soyemi added the guns and dynamite we used for the operation however the operation failed because we weren’t organized at the time the bullion van got to our spot. We exchanged hearth with the police escort and the van escaped.”
He stated, “We weren’t prepared when the bullion van and the escort approached our location. They opened fireplace on us and we shot returned but the van escaped. We killed four of the policemen and left Ebony State right away.
“We proceeded to Awka and robbed a person of N7.5m. We had been in Asaba strategising on a financial institution to rob when the police swooped on us.”