Gunmen attack accountant from SSG’s office; snatch N50million

Four Armed Men on Wednesday snatched over N50m cash meant for overhead cost of the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Niger State from one of the accountants in the office in Minna the state capital.

It was learnt that the Accountant, accompanied by a junior staff were returning to their office in a Toyota Hillux van after collecting the money from a Bank in Minna but were accosted by the armed robbers at a U-turn, less than 20 meters to the office and a Police check point.

According to a source, close to the office, the armed robbers pointed a gun at the accountant and his colleague, and asked them to get out of the vehicle, they also asked for the bags where the monies was kept, after getting the bags, they took off.

Police Public Relations Officer ASP Wasiu Abiodun when contacted said he was yet to receive the report.

However, one of the Permanent Secretaries in the SSG’s office Alhaji Musa Rogo, who confirmed the story said the money was less than N50million as alleged.

He said the robbers stole the sum of 7million naira meant to pay a contractor who supplied some grains to the government before the Eid-el Kabir Sallah celebration.

“We issued a cheque to the contractor but he insisted he wanted cash that is why our people went to bank to cash the cheque for him ”

“The money does not belong to government it belongs to the contractor if you look at our books we have paid the contractor” Rogo declared.

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