Five officials of the Department of State Services (DSS), some allegedly attached to Senate President Bukola Saraki as well as five Army officers have been arrested for stealing N310 million.
The army officers and the five DSS officials, namely Abdulrasheed Ahmadu Maigari, Solomon Inusa, Peter Okoye, Patrick Ishaya and George Mwatapwa Ibbi, on November 20, 2015, robbed a Bureau De Change in Abuja.
A statement issued by DSS on Sunday, said, the ring leader, Captain Hussein Ishaku Mshelia, Ahmadu Maigari and George Mwatapwa Ibbi are in custody, while move to apprehend the others is still on.
The statement added that though the security officials had shared the money, security officials have been able to recover N66, 437,445.00 and $6,200.
Read full text of Press statement below:
N310 million ROBBERY-DSS ARRESTS CULPRITS: N66.4 MILLION RECOVERED
The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the general public that the Service has arrested two (2) out of five (5) of its Staff involved in the robbery and sharing, on 20th November, 2015, of the sum of three hundred and ten million naira (N310m) belonging to a Bureau De Change operator in Abuja. While three (3) of the DSS staff are now at large, the Military Authorities have commenced a detailed investigation of five (5) of its personnel involved in the crime.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Abdulrasheed Ahmadu MAIGARI of the DSS, conspired with four (4) other colleagues of his namely: Solomon INUSA, Peter OKOYE, Patrick ISHAYA and George Mwatapwa IBBI, to carry out this reprehensible act. One Capt. Hussein Ishaku MSHELIA led the five (5) military personnel.
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. A total of Sixty-Six Million Four Hundred and Thirty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty-five Naira (N66,437,445.00) and Six Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($6,200) have so far been recovered, while efforts are being made to recover the remaining amounts. It is to be noted that security agencies now act in concert, thus the joint investigation undertaken with the Police, Army and the DSS.
This action of the Service is in line with the posture of the current Administration and DSS management focus on professionalism, transparency and accountability.
Those so far arrested have been suspended pending the completion of investigations.
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.
We therefore encourage members of the public with useful information that could lead to the arrest of those at large to volunteer same to the Service or other security agency. The DSS also wishes to use this opportunity to assure all law abiding citizens of their safety and urge them to partner with the Service in the smooth discharge of its responsibilities.
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