Gunmen yesterday besieged Nasarawa State Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning in Lafia and catered away N100 million at gunpoint.
The office is adjacent to the state’s Accountant General’s Office, where personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigeria Police Force were stationed.
They were, however, not able to prevent the operation.
An eyewitness, who sought anonymity, informed our correspondent that the suspected armed robbers trailed officials of the ministry from a commercial bank in Lafia where they went to withdraw cash to pay casual workers of the ministry.
The eyewitness said: “But it was in the ministry’s premises that the well-armed gunmen snatched the N100 million from the finance ministry’s officials while trying to dislodge the cash from the vehicle that was conveying it to the cash room.
“In the process of snatching the said amount of money, the gunmen shot sporadically in the air that the ministry’s officials carrying the money and other staff within the premises laid down low paving the way for the gunmen to snatch the N100 million effortlessly.”
He said the robbery was successful because the ministry did not engage the services of security agencies.
DailyTrust reveal that the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning, Haruna Ogbole, who confirmed the robbery incident in a telephone interview, said that investigation was ongoing.
The armed men were said to have snatched the N100 million on gun point at the premises of the ministry which is adjacent to the State’s Accountant General’s Office where some security operatives were stationed.
According to Daily Post, When contacted on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Ramhan Nansel said the case is yet to be reported to the command.
He told our correspondent that he cannot confirm the incident “I can’t confirm that, as it was not reported to the Police”.