Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi says suspected robbers have stolen over N 9 m meant for the payment of April salary of workers of its Departments of Health and Agriculture .
The chairman of the council , Shehu Bagudu, told newsmen in Gwandu on Thursday that the incident happened on May 24.
“ 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 dispelled the rumour that he was shielding the cashier , who is his son – in- law
Bagudu said he could not stop the Police from doing their proper investigation .
“ 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 .
He added that the council had held a series of meetings with the affected workers, saying “ the cashier ’ s family is planning to pay part of the stolen money before the arraignment of their brother in court on June 4 . ”
The Police Public Relations Officer , DSP Mustapha Suleiman , who confirmed the incident , said the cashier had been undergoing proper investigation by the CID since the incident.
“ The cashier has just been granted bail after the necessary investigation and he was given bail on the surety of a former Sole Administrator in the council, ” he said .
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