DSS Arrests Two Own Staff Over N310m Robbery, Three Still At Large

Lawan Daura, Director General, DSS
Lawan Daura, Director General, DSS

The Department of State Services, DSS, said it has arrested two of its five staff involved in the November 20, 2015 robbery and theft of N310 million belonging to a Bureau De Change operator in Abuja.

In a statement issued by Tony Opuiyo, the agency stated that three of its men involved in the criminal activity are still on the run while N66, 437, 445 and $6, 000 have so far been recovered.

It added that the military authorities are investigating five soldiers who took part in the robbery, with the leader, Hussein Ishaku, a Captain, arrested by the Nigerian Army.



    “Preliminary investigations have revealed that Abdulrasheed Ahmadu Maigari of the DSS, conspired with four other colleagues of his namely: Solomon Inusa, Peter Okoye, Patrick Ishaya and George Mwatapwa Ibbi, to carry out this reprehensible act,” the statement read.

    “The five 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.”

    The Service said due to the cooperation among security agencies, a joint investigation has been launched in concert with the Army and Police, adding that those arrested have been suspended pending investigation.

    “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,” the statement further said and encouraged members of the public with useful information to volunteer same.


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