The Department of State Services said in Abuja on Sunday that the Service has arrested two out of five of its operatives who were involved in the robbery and sharing of N310m. The robbery took place on November 20, while the stolen money belonged to a Bureau De Change operator in Abuja.
Spokesperson for the Service, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, stated this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. He said that while three of the operatives are now at large, he added that the Military Authorities have also commenced a detailed investigation of five of its personnel involved in the alleged crime.
He said that preliminary investigations showed that those arrested connived with others to commit the crime. Opuiyo said, “Preliminary investigations have revealed that Abdulrasheed Ahmadu MAIGARI of the DSS, conspired with four other colleagues of his namely: Solomon Inusa, Peter Okoye, Patrick Ihaya and George Mwatapwa Ibbi, to carry out this reprehensible act.
“The five military personnel were led by one Capt. Hussein Ishaku Mshelia.” While saying that the Service has arrested Maigari and Ibbi, he revealed that Mshelia had equally been arrested by the Army authorities.
Opuiyo added that efforts were ongoing to apprehend those still at large. He revealed that N66,437,445.00 and $6,200 have so far been recovered, while efforts were being made to recover the remaining amounts. He attributed the success recorded in apprehending the suspects to cooperation among the security agencies.
He said the Service has suspended those arrested from work pending the determination of their case.