How Chief Accountant lost N9.5m to gunmen in Niger

By Ummi Ismaeel,
Minna

The Chief Accountant, office of the Head of Service, Niger State, Alhaji Idris Abdullahi, has lost N9.5 million, the overhead expenses for the office, to unidentified gunmen.
The Chief Accountant was said to have been trailed by the gunmen from one of the commercial banks within Minna, the state capital, up to the gate leading into the new state secretariat opposite the State House of Assembly and blocked the road with an un-marked vehicle.
As he made his way to turn towards his office which is a stone-throw from the point he was attacked, the gunmen, eyewitness said, jumped out from their vehicle and started shooting into the air to scare away onlookers before carrying the money stashed in ‘Ghana Must Go’ bags, along the ever busy Minna-Paiko road.
The source further explained that the gunmen after evacuating the bags of money into their car, a blue colour 406 Peugeot salon, continued shooting into the air as they drove through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Way, western by-pass Minna.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Niger State Command, DSP Muhammed Abubakar Dan-Inna, confirmed the incident.

The PPRO said that men of the Anti-Robbery Squad had been sent after the robbers and information about the incident also relayed to all police check points across the state.
“We are trailing them and we will make sure they are arrested”.
Our correspondent recalled that three weeks ago a similar incident involving the Cashier of the state Judicial Service Commission took place during which the state also lost N1.9 million in a similar manner.

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