Prosper Chijioke, a former DSS employee who was arrested in connection with the July 26 Bullion van robbery at the Ntigha junction of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, is pleading for forgiveness.
Chijioke, who was paraded at the Abia State Police Headquarters on Bende Road in Umuahia with other members of the 14-man robbery gang, claimed it was his first time in criminality.
The ex-DSS employee from Ugwuagbo Local Government Area in Abia State claimed he was fired in 2007.
When asked what caused his dismissal, Prosper Chijioke stated that he was late for his new deployment after serving at Government House.
“When I finished serving at the Abia State Government House, I returned but was summarily dismissed because I was late reporting to the new location where I was posted.”
When asked how he became involved in criminal activity, he stated that his younger brother invited some of his gang members into his home and gave him a portion of their loot.
“My younger brother brought his friends to my house, where they shared money and gave me a portion of it.”
He apologised and begged forgiveness when asked why he received the share knowing the source of the loot and the implications.
He stated that this was his first experience with crime and that he would never return to such a life.
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” I asked my brother, who explained how they got it. I’d like to beg society to forgive me. Some of us did not choose to be criminals on purpose.
” It has occurred, but we wish to be forgiven.” Yes, my involvement is obvious because I will not claim that I did not participate because I did not chastise my brother for sharing money. It’s my first time…”
The gang allegedly stole N30 million from a new generation bank’s bullion van, but police presented N10 million recovered from them.
They also recovered a large cache of weapons, including a General Purpose Machine Gun, GPMG, and seven AK-47s, as well as several rounds of live ammunition.
During the robbery, one of them was killed in a gunfight with security operatives, which also claimed the life of the bank’s cash officer who was escorting the bullion van, and three police officers were injured.