- Category: Society
- Published on Friday, 27 August 2010 06:02
- Written by Tribune
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The paymaster of the Ondo State Ministry of Works, Abiodun Ogunjobi and the driver of the Hilux van allegedly attacked by robbers who snatched N7 million, on Monday, have been arrested by the Ondo State police command.
The two civil servants, were said to have been picked up by men of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and were being detained in connection with the robbery case.
Ogunjobi and the driver of the Hilux van marked OD-174-10 were said to have been attacked by two suspected armed robbers riding a motorcycle at Obanla Street, in Akure, while trying to avoid the traffic jam on the Oba Adesida road and carted away N7 million.
But police in the state have expressed doubt over the incident, saying that there were questions to be asked from the pay- master and the driver.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Adeniran Aremu, had said the manner of the robbery was questionable, saying that the people should have demanded for a police escort when going for the withdrawal of such huge amount of money.
A statement signed by Aremu entitled “the need for cash handlers to take police escorts while carrying huge amount of money”, said that evidences gathered by the police during investigations had proved that there was no robbery incident as reported by the government officials.
He said the police was perturbed by the “purported” attack on the paymaster, who went to withdraw N7million without police escorts.
The statement said, “Preliminary investigation at the scene of the incident revealed that there was no gun shot heard by people in the area, hence there are no independent witnesses to the alleged robbery in spite of the fact that the paymaster alleged that it happened on a busy street”.