The Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (SIRT) has arrested the elusive coordinator of the Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbarra bank robberies which Nigerians will not forget in a hurry.
The coordinator, Clement Abanara, 42, otherwise known as Millions, has been organising robberies and kidnapping operations for over 20 years. According to detectives, he is the brain behind most of the high bank robberies and high profile kidnapping in Lagos and Ogun states.
He was arrested on Thursday at Asayande Estate, Benin, Edo State. All the suspects arrested in connection with the different bank robberies in Lagos and Ogun states named Abanara as the coordinator. But he had remained elusive for months.
Detectives attached to SIRT were, however, undeterred as they continued to hunt him until last Thursday. Millions has been described by many witnesses as a lady. He used to braid his hair and is said to be skinny. During operations, he used to lead the gang and usually wears gun belts.
He was arrested after detectives first located his wife in Warri, Delta State. The wife led the police team to his new house in Benin.
A police source said: “He is the most experienced person among the bank robbers and the coordinator of the Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbarra bank robberies. He dresses as a woman during all the bank robberies.
Millions was also the leader of a kidnapping gang that kid-napped a Lagos State House of Assembly member and many other prominent citizens in Lagos two years ago.” The source said that Millions and his gang’s modus operandi was to come from Delta State into Lagos State through water.
They would anchor in Akodo or Ikorodu axis and then kidnap their victims in Lagos. After they had kidnapped a victim, they would move back through water to their camp in Delta State and there after family members would go and pay ransom in Delta State before victims are released to them in Warri.
“SIRT arrested four of Millions boys in 2013 and stormed his house in Warri, but he had fled. They offered members of the IG’s team N10 million, but they refused. They wanted the team to charge them to court through a senior police officer, but the team turned down the offer,” the source added.
The police also discovered that last year, Millions teamed up with one OSSY and TK to fine-tune bank robberies in Lagos and Ogun states. Operatives of SIRT, a day after Christmas, were deployed to Port Harcourt still on the hunt of the robbers.
A key member of the Festac and Agbarra bank robberies, Dennis Njiku (30), was arrested. It was gathered that Njiku has allegedly confessed to participating in Both Festac and Agbarra bank robberies. Njiku reportedly said: “We got N110 million in Festac bank robbery.
I got N2.5 million as my share. I got N1.2 million as my share in the Agbara bank robbery.” The police said that the suspect was assisting the SIRT operatives in tracing other fleeing members in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Warri, Delta State.