Over N60m from missing bullion van recovered in a supermarket in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Police Command, reportedly recovered N60 million out of the N100 million in a bullion van that went missing on Friday on its way from Aba in Abia State to Rivers State.


The command said the money, which belonged to Zenith and Stanbic Bank in the state was recovered on Monday after it was abandoned in a taxi in the premises of a popular supermarket in GRA, Port Harcourt.

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The bullion van, was declared missing on Friday, and a formal complaint was allegedly filed at Rivers State Police Command, which lead to an investigation.

Addressing pressmen yesterday in Port Harcourt, Deputy Police Commissioner, Mr. Uche Anozia, said:

“On July 8, last Friday, we received a report by one Mr. Stanley Ndubuisi of Bankers Warehouse, about a missing bullion van. It was rented by Zenith Bank and Stanbic Bank, here in Port Harcourt to bring cash from Aba.

“Arriving Port Harcourt, it went to Zenith Bank, delivered the money meant for the bank. According to the complainant, at that point the soldiers disembarked and left. Now it remained the money for Stanbic Bank and the driver alone. Consequently, the driver absconded with the money.

“We got information on July 11, that a certain Ford Explorer was parked at the premises of Everyday Supermarket, located in GRA and that the vehicle contains sacks suspected to be bank property.

“I immediately dispatched my DC Operations to the area to verify. Fortunately for us, it was discovered that the sacks in the vehicle belong to Stanbic Bank because of the seals on them.

“The amount recovered, according to information, is N60,250,000. The driver that parked the car there is the driver of Everyday Supermarket. He is on the run now.”



  1. It is an act of irresponsibility for the soldiers to have abandoned the bullion van and left the driver alone with such large sum of money. Such acts are consequences of commercializing the military. It is unacceptable endangerment of the life of the driver, and an overwhelming temptation for the driver to abscond with the money. The soldiers must be severely reprimanded and the driver made to face the music when caught.

    • was the money being taken to sambisa forest? soldiers are trained for war not to escort money. Transfer of money is a commercial and civil affair that can be handled by security organisation and police and not the military.

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