A cashier at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of Katsina State traveling with N61m in cash was attacked by unknown gunmen and robbed.
However, the police have announced that they have began investigating the robbery as it looks suspicious. They also added that this wasn’t the first time a suspicious robbery involving financial officers of the same office.
The cashier, Mr Aminu Darma was also shot in the arm during the attack.
According to a former special assistant to the Katsina State governor on new media, Maiwada Danmalam, Darma was attacked by the gunmen after their attempt to stop his vehicle failed.
“The gunmen followed him from the bank, but he didn’t stop when they tried to stop his car around the Katsina Steel Rolling Company roundabout. He instead decided to return to the city area but they continued chasing his car. In the end, he lost control of the car and hit an object which forced him to stop,”
However, the spokesperson of the Kaduna State Police Command, Gambo Isa, told reporters the command was investigating the attack. He added that the command was tired of receiving what he described as “cook and bull” stories involving financial officers from the Secretary to the Government of the State office.
He said the stories coming from the same office were too similar not to raise suspicion.
“Yes is true. But we are investigating the surrounding circumstance of the alleged attack. It baffled the command for a state government staff to carry such a huge sum of amount without police escort.” He said.
Also the modus operandi was very suspicious. An attack with AK 47 by real armed robbers may lead to fatal injury and not mere bruises. We are also investigating why the personnel went alone to pick up the money without any supporting staff and only to be robbed by two gunmen in an ash-coloured Camry.
He was alleged to have single-handedly withdrawn the sum of sixty-one million naira from the bank. There is a conspiracy theory we are investigating here.”