According to reports from the Sharjah police in Dubai, about four gangs of 19 Nigerian robbers targeted vehicles carrying money to ATMs and made away with Dh1.8 million (about N216 million).
According to the reports, the robbers who entered Dubai with visit visas, targeted ATM vehicles carrying Dh1.8 million (N216 million). They also assaulted the security guards accompanying the vehicles.
The first robbery reportedly took place at the ATM of the Dubai Commercial Bank on King Abdul Aziz Road, they assaulted security guards and fled with Dh340,000 (about N40,800,000). Two days later, they hit an ATM near Safeer Mall in the Al Nahda area, taking Dh700,000 (over N84,000,000) with them. They then attacked a vehicle conveying money to the Al Muweilah area and took Dh710,000 (about N85,000,000). Their last attack at an ATM on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road was foiled by the police.
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The director of the Sharjah police operations department, Colonel Rashid bin Bayat, said the Nigerian robbers managed to pull off about four of these attacks, and even transferred part of the stolen money to Nigeria.
They have recovered part of the money after arresting the suspects who were found in several apartments housing up to 30-40 Nigerians. The suspects were arrested after CCTV footages showed them at the banks and money exchange points.