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Published On: Sun, Jan 24th, 2016

How Million, Flamboyant N’Delta High Chief Made over N265m from Bank Robberies (PHOTOS)

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LAGOS JANUARY 24TH (URHOBOTODAY)-In most of his adult life, Clement Abanara Millions, 42, had never known anything other than war, blood and money.
Perhaps it was inevitable that he would take to robbery, like duck to water, after the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration granted amnesty to Niger Delta militants.
After the amnesty, Millions didn’t know what next to do with his life. He decided to team up with some men to embark on bank robberies.

One of his mansion

One of his mansion


These men belonged to different camps of criminals. They are not just involved in robberies; they are also into kidnapping and pipeline vandalism.
In several of their operations in 2015, the gang has killed a lot of law enforcement agents and vandalized pipelines in Lagos and Ogun States. They have also killed women and children.
The gang has made over N265 million in bank robberies, minus the money from kidnapping and oil theft.
Detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase’s Special Intelligence Response Team last year started trailing and picking the suspected bank robbers one after another.
Two of the leaders, Kelly Foto and Millions, had been on Police Wanted List before their arrest. Police described Millions as the coordinator in the gang.
Another of his property

Another of his property


Foto was arrested in Delta State during a wedding ceremony, spraying dollars. Millions had been robbing for 20 years before his arrest. He was arrested last week Thursday in Asayande Estate, Benin City, Edo State by operatives of the SIRT. Ironically, Millions’ brother is an Inspector in the Nigeria Police Force.
According to Millions, none of the bank robberies would have been possible or successful if not for the information given to them by bank staff.
His words: “Kakadu General is more powerful than Kelly Foto. There’s no bank robbery operation or kidnapping we do without involving Kakadu. If he wasn’t able to go for the operation, he would send some of his experienced boys. These boys are experts in arms. They know the creeks and have contacts. They have contacts working in banks. The bank contacts usually inform us when there is enough money in the bank vaults and the workable plan for successful operation.”
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Recollecting how much they made in each of the bank robberies in Lagos and Ogun States, Millions said: “In the Ikorodu first bank robbery, we took N12 million and the second Ikorodu robbery, we made away with N62 million. In the Festac robbery, we went with 13 guns, 26 men and two buses. We made N23 million in that operation. In the Agbara robbery, we carted away N66 million.”
He however kept mum on the amount made in the Lekki/Ajah robbery. But other gang members pegged it at N15 million. Operatives of SIRT, a day after Christmas, were deployed to Port Harcourt, Rivers State still on the hunt of the bank robbers.
A key member of the Festac and Agbara bank robberies, Dennis Njiku, 30, said they got N110 million in the Festac robbery.
Njiku said: “We got N110 million in Festac bank robbery. I got N2.5 million as my share. I got N1.2 million as my share in the Agbara bank robbery.”
The gang members are now so rich that Millions was able to build different houses, including mansions. In fact, he was arrested in one of his newest buildings.
Millions has been described by many eyewitnesses as a “female member” of the gang.
He braids his hair and wears gun belts during operations.
A police source said: “Millions is the most experienced person among the bank robbers and the coordinator of the Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara bank robberies. He dresses as a woman during all the bank robberies. Millions was also the leader of a kidnapping gang that kidnapped a Lagos State House of Assembly member and many other prominent citizens in Lagos two years ago.”
Millions and his gang’s modus operandi is to come from Delta State into Lagos State through the water ways.
They would anchor in Akodo or Ikorodu axis and then kidnap their victims in Lagos. After they have kidnapped a victim, they would move back through the water ways to their camp in Delta State and thereafter family members would go and pay ransom in Delta State before victims are released to them in Warri.
In the same manner, they come through the waterways, rob banks and escape through the same route.
“The IGP’s SIRT arrested four of Millions boys in 2013 and stormed his house in Warri, but he had fled. They offered the IG’s team N10 million, but they refused. They wanted the team to charge them to court through a senior police officer, but the team turned down the offer,” said the source.
Millions has a saw mill company in Benin Republic and has a lot of workers. But none knew he was a robber.
He said: “Benin Republic is the safest place for any wanted criminal to hide. Benin Republic is a no man’s land, where nobody cares who you are or why you are there.”
He explained that the chieftaincy title given to him came with a lot of added financial burdens.
He became a philanthropist in his community. Part of his dream was to build a school for the community, but he didn’t achieve this before his arrest.
He said in the beginning of 2016, as people were making New Year resolutions, he had also gone on his knees.
He said: “I made a New Year resolution. I vowed to God that I would stop robbing. Unfortunately, I was arrested.”
The father of six said the Federal Government used to pay militants N65,000 every month, but he was also doing black oil and gas businesses to augment his income.
He said: “I built a mansion and became a philanthropist. I also built jetty for my people but couldn’t build school because it was a capital intensive project. In 2014, I was given a chieftaincy title: ‘Ebimewe.’ But the high financial demands of my new title made me to join bank robbery gang in order to get enough money to meet up with the demand of my new.”
Remembering how he teamed up with other camps to rob banks, the suspect, who said Millions wasn’t a nickname, added: “There are two generals or leaders. They are Kelly and Kakadu. We have two camps; Dike and Ossy camps. I participated in four bank robbery operations out of seven led by Kakadu and Kelly.”
He said one John Togo, an ex-militant, initiated him into robbery.
According to him, he usually avoids shooting and killing policemen. He also detests killing civilians. He said there was a time the gang members started killing law enforcement agents. It was that period he romanced with the idea of quitting robbery.
He said: “I know police would be after us anytime one of their colleagues is killed. I even went to church, confessed my sins and vowed not to go back to armed robbery. But our members would come with one reason to make us go for one last operation. I kept going back because I needed money as a high chief.”
He said it was just last year he took active part in bank robberies. According to him, he used to come to Lagos for pipeline vandalism.
“I used to bring some jerry cans to Lagos and each jerry can is loaded for N1, 000.”
He said he could have walked away from robbery after the first Ikorodu robbery, but “long throat” made him to go for the second operation.
He added: “I participated in the second Ikorodu robbery because my 500 jerry cans caught fire. I had one High Lander Jeep, which I sold for N800,000. I bought three saw machines and relocated to Benin to be able to monitor my saw mill workers.”
He said because he desperately wanted to quit robbery, he threw away his SIM cards and bought new ones so that his members wouldn’t be able to get him.
Asked who used to set off the dynamites used in blowing bank doors and vaults, Millions said: “My department is to ensure the driving of our operational vehicles. I was the one that shared money after the Agbara operation. We’re the strangers in the camp. We operate only AK47. The members in the camp operate General Purpose Machine Guns. I’m older than Ossy in age, but he is a General.”
Millions further said the gang members wear military camouflage uniforms to beat security agents. He said his wife wasn’t aware that he was into robbery until operatives of SIRT grabbed him.
He disclosed that after SIRT operatives started arresting members one after the other, they mentioned his name to journalists. His wife asked if he was the Millions, but he snapped at her. He told her he wasn’t the only person called Millions in Nigeria.
“She wouldn’t have led policemen to my apartment in Benin if she had known I was a robber,” said Millions confidently.
Millions’ wife said: “I didn’t know my husband was into robbery. We married in 1999. When I told him that I saw his name in newspaper, he said he wasn’t the only person called Millions.”
It was gathered that Arase has vowed to use Interpol in tracking other fleeing members of the gang. The SIRT has arrested seven people who used to supply arms to the gang.
Millions refused to disclose the number of people he had killed. He however said: “If not by mistake, I will not kill somebody. I went for training as a militant. I was taught how to shoot. I don’t shoot carelessly.”
Speaking on why they used to set operational vehicles on fire after operations, Millions said: “We do it to conceal the identity of the owner. The owner is usually our member. We compensate the owner during sharing.”

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