Three persons suspected to be armed robbers Thursday snatched N2 million from a staff of the Anambra State Ministry of Lands as he was about to enter the ministry’s gate.
It was not clear what the money was meant for, but Vanguard gathered that the suspected robbers trailed the staff from the bank where he collected the money until he was about to enter the ministry’s gate, when the three people on a motorcycle brought out guns and forced him to hand over the bag. They collected the cellophane bag which contained the money and fled.
Even those loitering around the ever- busy ministry did not know what happened until the staff raised an alarm after the people had sped off on their motorcycle.
According to a source, a director in the ministry (names withheld) had sent the staff to collect the money and questions were still being raised about the purpose of withdrawing the cash when it was not the pay day in the ministry.
Commissioner for Lands, Mr. Okoli Akirika could not be reached yesterday as he was said to be attending an official function when Vanguard visited the ministry.
However, unlike the usual practice in the ministry, the gate was securely locked even as security men asked visitors to identify themselves and name the person they wanted to see before being allowed in.
Some staff of the ministry who were approached by Vanguard declined to comment on the issue, saying that only the said director who asked that the money be withdrawn, could explain the reasons for his action.