A driver of an armoured bullion van reportedly ran away with a huge amount of money.
According to Vanguard, the driver of an armoured bullion van disappeared outside Paris early on Monday along with an estimated one million euros police sources told AFP. The 28-year-old man had stopped in front of a Western Union office at around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) in Aubervilliers, a suburb just north of the capital, and stayed behind the wheel as two of his colleagues went inside.
“When they came back out, the van and the driver were gone,” one of the sources said. The van was found soon afterwards a few blocks away with its doors wide open, but the driver and the bags of cash, worth some $1.13 million, were nowhere to be found. The two other employees had not been injured, the source said.
Loomis, the armoured van company, did not return calls seeking comment. An inquiry has been opened by France’s anti-gang squad. The last major such heist was in November 2009 when Toni Musulin fled in the armoured van he was driving with at least 11.5 million euros in cash collected from a Bank of France building in Lyon. He was caught after a little more than a week on the run.
The police charged Usman, who resides in Ungwan Fulani Sabon Gari, Zaria in Kaduna, with rape, NAN reports.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Yilga Luka, told the court that the matter was reported at Sabon Gari Police Station by Hadiza Mukhtar of Ungwan Kanama Sabon Gari, Zaria in Kaduna before it was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. According to Luka, on Jan. 4 at about 10 a.m, a neighbour informed the complainant that her 12-year-old daughter was seen with the defendant in his friend’s room.
Luka added that during police investigation, the defendant voluntarily confessed to have committed the crime.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 258 of the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.
In his ruling, Magistrate Ibrahim Sidi ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody pending legal advice from the Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP)
Magistrate Sidi then adjourned the case until Feb. 20 for hearing.
It is believed that justice will be served at the end.
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