Ekiti bank robbery: We have arrested top management staff – Police


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The Ekiti state police commissioner, Amba Asuquo, have confirmed the arrest of two top managerial staff of the old generation bank that was attached by men of the underworld in on Thursday, November 21.

The bank staff were allegedly arrested in connection with the bank robbery during which a sum of N25 million and huge sum of foreign currency were carted away by the bandits.

Asuquo in a statement alleged that the CCTV revealed how the bankers and a customer, who ran inside upon hearing the gunshots, had seized the robbery opportunity to stuff money into their pockets as they moved frequently into the vault before the bandits blasted the security door with over seven Improvised Explosive Devise(IED).

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He said: “The summary of it is that there was internal connivance and it is unfortunate. There was a similarity between this robbery and the one we had at Ise-Ekiti recently. “It baffles me that there was suspected insiders’ connivance in the whole issue. Plus or minus, there was a missing link and it is that link that we are working upon, trying to investigate.

“The banking policy does not allow us to post mobile policemen to the bank for a reason known to them and this started in 2016 based on the letter written by the bank requesting for only plain-clothed policemen.

“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 was evidence to prove this.

“The staff opened the vault by 3:5pm and the robbers blew up the security door at 3.12 pm, this gave a strong suspicion that there was internal collaboration in this matter, it showed complicit.

“All these are the dynamics we are studying and that will form the basis for our thorough investigation.” Amba revealed that a carton was recovered by the police inside the bank containing over N2 million that was hidden by one of the bankers before the operation.”

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