They say it takes two to tango. In this case, it took more as reports coming in from Delta State has it that four policemen have been arrested in connection with a bullion van robbery that occurred on September 5.
The four policemen, an inspector and three other junior officers, had been on illegal duty with the van when it was set upon by armed bandits along the Benin-Asaba expressroad. A fifth policeman was shot dead and N25 Million was carted away by the robbers.
Police Public Relations Officer of Delta Command, Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the arrest and detention of the policemen. He also confirmed that the police have released two officials of the bank who were earlier arrested and assured the public that investigations were ongoing.
Explaining why the policemen were arrested, Aniamaka said some bank officials had approached the Command’s Operations Department for escort men. When the request was turned down for their inability to provide a serviceable van required for the operation, they resorted to black market tactics.
“In a bid to cut corners, the bank officials illegally picked the police officers from different locations and engaged them on an illegal escort for the conveyance of N25 million from its branch in Agbor to Asaba, without using a serviceable and secure armoured bullion van as required by law.”
Vanguard reports that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, is unhappy not just at the consistent flouting of the rule by the banks but even by police officers who illegally accepted to go on the escort and has decided to use this case to teach a lesson.
While this sounds like a good move by the state commissioner of police, more needs to be done to stifle the trend of policemen deploying themselves to certain illegal duties some of them as lowly as the escort of lorries carrying goods.