By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Angry reactions have continued toÂ trail the shocking discovery by Imo State Police Command that most of the Cash -In-Transit, CIT, vehicles operating in Nigeria are not bullet proof.
Imo police boss, Mr. Aloysius Okorie, had in a recent test certified that only Bankersâ€™ Warehouse vehicles are bullet proof and allowed the Company to continue its operation in the state, while he impounded other vehicles that failed the test.
A resident of Owerri, Mr Bertram Ugwuegbu, an engineer and former Shell branch Chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSON, who spoke to Vanguard, described the development as â€œmost shockingâ€ and ought to be probed.
â€œThe discovery by Imo State Police Command is very shocking. This is Nigeria for you. A high powered investigation should be carried out so as to find out what the manufacturers called the vehicles,â€ Ugwuegbu said.
Saying that somebody obviously imported the so called bullet proof bullion vans into Nigeria, he, however,Â insisted that the entire process appears fraudulent. â€œIt is a thing of joy that the Imo police boss had already declared the intention of the command to properly investigate the fake bullet proof bullion van saga,â€ Ugwuegbu said.
Speaking also, a policeman, who pleaded anonymity, expressed anger that the CIT vehicle operators had deceived the police for too long, adding that it doesn’t make sense to continue to expose policemen on escort to danger on a daily basis.
â€œOnly recently, one of the commercial banks lost about N81 million when the CIT vehicle was attacked. Although the police did not lose any life but all the personnel on escort are still being held for questioning in Abuja,â€ the policeman said angrily.