Authorities of the Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi says suspected robbers have stolen over N9m meant for the payment of April salary of workers of its Departments of Health and Agriculture.
At a press conference today May 31st, the chairman of the council, Shehu Bagudu, said the robbery attack happened on May 24th.
“The incident happened when the cashier of the area, Bashir Gwandu, collected the money from the bank and went to his house. As he was about to open the gate of his house and unknown to him, the thieves had been trailing him from the bank. As he was opening the gate to enter his house, the suspects who had laid ambush for him, attacked him, snatched his car with the money inside and drove away. The car was later discovered in Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State,” he said
The council chairman also denied allegations that he was shielding the cashier of the local government who happens to be his son in-law.
“I have not slept ever since this incident happened. The boy is my son-in-law ever since before I became the chairman of the council, and he is known to be trustworthy in the council. We wrote to the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on the incident, but we are still waiting for their response. At the same time, the Criminal Investigation Department of the state Police Command is on top of the situation, doing proper investigation,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the state police command’s spokesperson, DSP Mustapha Suleiman, said the cashier is being interrogated.