The alleged leader of the notorious gang of bank robbers, Clement Abanara, was arrested by the police in an apartment at the Osayande Estate over the weekend according to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT in Benin, Edo State.
It was gathered that the suspect, also known as ‘Million’, allegedly took part in the Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara bank robberies in Lagos where his gang made away with millions of naira, destroyed several vehicles and left several persons injured, including policemen and a pregnant woman, dead.
The IRT, led by CSP Abba Kyari, had in November 2015, launched a manhunt for the bank robbers.
Kelly Fotor, one of the suspects arrested at a wedding in Sapele, Delta State last year, told Vanguard that Million is an experienced kidnapper, who has over eight rifles in his possession and disguises as a woman during operations.
Million was once declared wanted by Lagos State former Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, in December 2012, after he led a four-man gang of kidnappers to abduct former Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, Tofeeq Adeniji, in Lagos, and took him through the rivers to Delta State, where he demanded N30 million as ransom.
Four members of the gang arrested with one of their financiers by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Ikeja, took the operatives to a mansion built by Million, but met the house empty.
A source told Vanguard that the operatives trailed Million’s wife to Warri Delta State, where she was arrested before taking the police to Benin, where her husband was arrested in a rented apartment.