5 Nigerians arrested in UAE for stealing Dh2.3 million in raid on Al Ansari exchange

Five Nigerians arrested in United Arab Emirates for robbery, after they allegedly stormed Bureau De Change in Sharjah and carted away Dh2.3 million on Sunday

Two employees at the BDC were injured during the operation by the suspects who entered the country on visit visas, on March 18, 2019.The Sharjah Police coordinated with forces from Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman to nab the suspects from four emirates within 48 hours after the robbery was committed.

The suspects, all Nigerians in their 20s, watched the centre for days prior to the robbery on March 20. Armed with knives and hammers, four of them raided the Al Ansari Exchange office in Al Taawun and fought with two of the employees.police said

On March 20, four of the suspects stormed into the exchange office, while one waited in a car outside. After the four suspects rushed out with the money, they fled in the car.

Major-General Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, said the whole amount was recovered after the number plate of the car in which the suspects fled, was obtained.

The police lifted forensic evidence from the site and formed a team to crack the case. “Arrest warrants for the suspects were circulated at all ports of the country to prevent them from leaving.”

The police got the number plate of the car in which the suspects fled. Following this lead, they arrested one of the suspects in Sharjah. This suspect led the police to the others – two in Ajman, one in Abu Dhabi and one in Ras Al Khaimah.

The suspects, who confessed to the crime and said they intended to leave the country, have been referred to the public prosecution.

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