have arrested five Nigerians who “stormed a money exchange in Sharjah
and fled with Dh2.3 million”.
According to Dubai-based newspaper Khaleej Times,
the men barged into the exchange and smashed the glass barrier between
the customers and the staff, stole the money in multiple currencies and
When converted, the money amounts N225.4million.
Two employees at the exchange were injured as they resisted the robbers, one of them eventually managing to notify the Police.
The paper aid 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 incident was reported at Al Ansari Exchange in Al Tawoon area, a
top police official saying the suspects came to the UAE on visit visas
on March 18.
For two days, they studied the exchange office before deciding to
commit the robbery around midnight — just before the shop was to close.
On March 20, four 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 a car.
Major-General Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, said the whole amount had been recovered.
“The police team reached the site within seven minutes after the
robbery was reported,” Khaleej Times quoted the police officer as
saying. “The injured staff members were rushed to the hospital, where
they were discharged the next day.”
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 retrieved the number plate of the car in which the
suspects fled. One of the suspects was arrested in Sharjah, after which
he led the police to the others — two in Ajman, one in Abu Dhabi and one
in Ras Al Khaimah.
All the suspects were said to have confessed to the crime.