Anyone familiar with the current level of insecurity in Nigeria will agree that it is not enough to have just one or two police officers escorting a bullion van that is transporting loads of cash to a bank. Fresh reports claim that the Nigerian police force is on the move to curb this lackadaisical attitude which is currently said to have become a trend for many Lagos banks in recent times. Press reports that came out this week stated that ACP Gbolahan Olugbemi impounded 2 different bullion vans transporting cash with an inadequate security escort in the Ajah part of Lekki, Lagos.
Lagos police impound 2 bullion vans transporting loads of cash to a bank with “inadequate” security escort in Ajah, Lekki
According to press investigations, the Lagos police stated “breach of security” as their reason for impounding two bullion vans in Ajah and Lekki recently. The press reports also revealed that the impounded bullion vans belonged to the Bankers Warehouse in Lagos and they are currently in the police custody.
A certain news outlet, NewsmakersNG, stated in its own report that the police in Lagos state says it is determined to get banks and its partners to comply with the proper escort procedure for bullion vans. The reports also revealed that the Lagos Police had earlier issued several warnings to the banks that it would begin to impound bullion vans if they keep violating the standard escort procedures.
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If one is to consider the recent robbery attacks on bullion vans, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Lagos state police is having to resort to impounding them just to ensure proper road safety within the state.
Below is a video of the most recent robbery attack on a bullion van in Lagos.
ARMED ROBBERS ATTACK BULLION VAN IN AJAH, CART AWAY MILLIONS