We saw staff stuffing their pockets with cash during Ekiti bank robbery – police

By Editor on 22/11/2019

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The robbery which took place at the Oye Ekiti branch of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in Ekiti State, could be an insider’s job, the police are saying.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Asuquo Amba, said investigation into the incident, suggested that either the bank staff were neck-deep into the incident, or took advantage of it to steal money from the bank.

He said: “What baffles me is that there was nexus between the robbers and insiders in the banking premises. The Oye Police Division is about one or two poles from here. It was the first point of attack. The bankers confirmed that they heard the shots and it took about 10 minutes before the robbers arrived at the bank from there.

“Within the period, there were some activities that went on inside the bank. It is either there was strict connivance, or that the bank officials took advantage to carry out their own intention which an investigation would prove.

“Between the time the robbers attacked our men and the time the robbery took place, the staff had enough time to escape through the exit door. They were captured by CCTV moving in and out of the vault. The vault was even opened before the robbers came.

“Despite the opportunity, none of them made efforts to escape, they were stuffing money and there is evidence to prove this.”

“The staff opened the vault by 3.05 p.m. and the robbers blew up the security door at 3.12 p.m., this gave a strong suspicion that there was internal collaboration in this matter.

“What we have seen is that there is a missing chain in the link. It is that missing chain that we are working out. And I can assure you that we will mend the missing chain to get the result of our investigation.”

Amba alleged that the CCTV also revealed how the bankers and a customer, ran inside upon hearing the gunshots, and used the robbery opportunity to stuff money into their pockets as they moved frequently into the vault before the bandits blew the security door with dynamite, adding that the  robbers spent seven or eight improvised explosive devices during the attack on the police station.

“The Divisional Police Officer was quite lucky because I went to his office, his seat was pierced. There was consistent firing. They went to almost all the offices and they attempted to get to the armoury, they were not able to breakthrough.”

The police boss, who informed that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered a thorough investigation into the twin incidents, on both the bank and the police division in the community, added that it was similar to another robbery in the another bank at Ise Ekiti about two months ago.

Stating that the IG’s order would be carried out to the later, he condemned the killing the two victims - a police sergeant who was on duty at the bank and a five-year-old girl, whose mother was a hawker in the bank area.



Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on November, 22 2019

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