By Paul Efiong The Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday said five of its personnel have been indicted for robbery carried out on November 20, 2015.
Tony Opuiyo of the DSS Public Relations Unit in a statement said two of the robbers have been arrested while three are still at large.
He said the robbery carried out at a Bureau De Change in Abuja, also involved five personnel of the Nigerian Army.
While investigations are going on, he said the Military Authorities have also commenced a detailed investigation of five (5) of its personnel involved in the crime.
“Preliminary investigations have revealed that Abdulrasheed Ahmadu MAIGARI of the DSS conspired with four (4) other colleagues of his namely: Solomon INUSA, Peter OKOYE, Patrick ISHAYA and George Mwatapwa IBBI, to carry out this reprehensible act.
“The five (5) military personnel were led by one Capt. Hussein Ishaku MSHELIA,” just as the Service has arrested MAIGARI and IBBI; and MSHELIA equally arrested by the Army authorities. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend those still at large,” he added.
According to Opuiyo, a total of Sixty-Six Million Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty-five Naira (N66, 437,445.00) and Six Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($6,200) have so far been recovered, adding that efforts are being made to recover the remaining amounts.
He stated further, “It is to be noted that security agencies now act in concert, thus the joint investigation undertaken with the Police, Army and the DSS.
“This action of the Service is in line with the posture of the current Administration and DSS management focus on professionalism, transparency and accountability. Those so far arrested have been suspended pending the completion of investigations.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Service wants to reiterate its commitment to the basic ideals and principles as established by its forebears and will not spare anyone found to be contravening the rules and regulations or the laws of the land.
“We therefore encourage members of the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of those at large to volunteer same to the Service or other security agency. The DSS also wishes to use this opportunity to assure all law abiding citizens of their safety and urge them to partner with the Service in the smooth discharge of its responsibilities.”