An Army Captain Hussein Ishaku Mshelia and two operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), have been arrested for robbing a Bureau De Change in Abuja, while three others and four soldiers are on the run.
The soldiers and DSS operatives are alleged to have robbed the Bureau De Change of N310million of which N66, 437, 445 and $6, 200 have been recovered from the gang.
A statement by Tony Opuiyo of the DSS said that while two out of the five operatives involved in the robbery which happened on November 20, are in custody, three others are at large, adding that the military authorities have commenced a detailed investigation of five of its personnel involved in the crime.
The statement reads: “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. Meanwhile, the Service has arrested Maigari and Ibbi; and Mshelia equally arrested by the Army authorities. Efforts are ongoing to apprehend those still at large.”
Opuiyo said that since security agencies now act in concert, a joint investigation has been undertaken with the Police, Army and the DSS.
According to him, “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.”