Lagos task force recovers N5m from bullion van

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By Ehime Alex

The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) has said that it recovered N5 million alleged to had fell-off from an unknown bullion van along Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja.

The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi in a press release signed by the Public Affairs Officer, Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq and made available to journalists has disclosed that two Police Officers attached to the Agency recovered the said money.

“The two Police Officers Sergeant Ogunbiyi Agbabu and Inspector Eheziekia Abiona who recovered the money disclosed that a bullion van drove off them while they were on duty at the Agency headquaters and something fell down which was later discovered to be N5 million,” Egbeyemi said.

The Chairman who had commended the officers for their integrity recalled that, while he was the then Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Ilupeju Police Station he was awarded the ‘YEAR 2015 BEST INTEGRITY OFFICER’ by the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) for returning 130,000 Dollars and 50,000 Pounds to owners of a bullion van where the money was stolen.

He therefore implored the appropriate authorities, especially the Police Authority and Lagos State Government to give commendation to these rare officers for their honest acts so as to encourage others.

The Chairman however called that any bullion van that drove through Lagos State House of Assembly Complex around November to December 2015 with a missing N5 million should come forward with a strong cogent proof of ownership of the money.

In a related development, the chairman also disclosed that the Lagos State Task Force has set to commence strict compliance on opening of street gates across the state.

The statement read: “You will recall that recently Lagos State Government directed that street gates across the State MUST be widely opened between the hour of 12 midnight to 6am for motorists and other road users on daily basis and where it would be closed someone must be there to open in case of emergency.”

The state government according to the statement has warned that any Landlords and Property owners who failed to comply with the state directive on this matter risk being punished in accordance with the Law of the state.