Gunmen on Monday morning waylaid and snatched over N9.5 million belonging to Niger State Head of Service. The gunmen had trailed the Chief Accountant, Alhaji Idris Abdullahi Legbo and his cashier who went to a commercial bank up to the gates leading to the state secretariat complex in Minna, the state capital, where they blocked both sides of the road in an unmarked vehicle making it impossible for the chief accountant to drive to the office, which was just a stone throw away. Our correspondent gathered that the gunmen immediately started shooting sporadically into the air making people and motorists coming towards the secretariat to scamper for safety. Findings have it that the money amounting to N9,598,000,100 was for overhead expenses for the office of the Head of Service for the month of August, allowances to service providers and staff ’s Sallah welfare.
They came out of the vehicle and snatched another vehicle in which they escaped through the Maitumbi axis leading to Sarkin-Pawa road. When contacted, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammed Abubakar, confirmed the incident, saying men of the anti-robbery squad had been sent after the robbers. He said: “We are trailing them, we will make sure we arrest them. The information about the incident has been relayed to all Police points across the state.” He added that the chief accountant and the cashier have been invited and interrogations are on-going. About three weeks ago, a similar incident, which involved the cashier of the state Judicial Service Commission took place during which N1.9 million was snatched from the cashier in a similar fashion. The Police spokesman, however, declined to say if there is correlation between the two incidents.