Five Nigerians, who allegedly robbed a bureau de change in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), have been arrested.
According to the Sharjah police, the men barged into the exchange and smashed the glass barrier between the customers and the staff, stole the money in multiple currencies and fled.
The suspects reportedly fled with cash of different currencies valued at Dh2.3 million (N226,182,000).
Two employees at the exchange were injured as they resisted the robbers. One of them managed to notify the police.
The Sharjah police coordinated with forces from Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman to arrest the suspects within 48 hours after the robbery was committed.
A top police official said the suspects came to the UAE on visit visas on March 18.
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.
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.