Abuja rob­bery: Sus­pects al­legedly in­dict bank em­ploy­ees

The Punch - - METRO - Ade­lani Ade­pegba, Abuja

The sus­pects ar­rested for at­tempt­ing to rob an old gen­er­a­tion bank in Mpape, Abuja, on Satur­day, have re­port­edly in­dicted some em­ploy­ees of the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that the sus­pects told po­lice de­tec­tives dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion that they were in­vited to carry out the rob­bery by some em­ploy­ees of the bank.

While four gang mem­bers were ap­pre­hended, the num­ber of bank work­ers in cus­tody could not be con­firmed as of the time of fil­ing this re­port.

Op­er­a­tives of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Po­lice Com­mand and sol­diers from the Guards Brigade foiled the heist in Mpape, a set­tle­ment a few me­tres away from the high­brow Maitama District.

One of the sus­pects was gunned down, while four oth­ers were ar­rested.

The sus­pects had holed up in the bank­ing hall for almost two hours un­til they were smoked out with tear­gas by se­cu­rity per­son­nel, who con­doned off all pos­si­ble es­cape routes.

It was gath­ered that the sus­pects were in­vited to rob the Au­to­mated Teller Ma­chines lo­cated on the bank premises.

It was be­lieved that the ATMS were stashed with huge amounts of money to cater to cus­tomers’ cash needs dur­ing the Yule­tide.

A po­lice source, who is fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the failed heist, in­formed PUNCH Metro that the bank work­ers in cus­tody were try­ing hard to ab­solve them­selves of blame.

“It is too early to give de­tails, but so far, the sus­pects are claim­ing that they were given in­for­ma­tion about how to rob the bank by some of the work­ers. We are still work­ing to ver­ify their claims,” the of­fi­cer said.

Our cor­re­spon­dent, who passed by the bank premises on Sun­day, ob­served that the place was des­o­late with bro­ken glasses ev­ery­where.

Two armed po­lice­men were seen chat­ting out­side the build­ing.

Mean­while, the bank’s man­age­ment said in a state­ment after the stand­off be­tween the rob­bers and se­cu­rity per­son­nel that its work­ers and cus­tomers were safe.

“The im­me­di­ate re­sponse by the po­lice and mil­i­tary is very com­mend­able and we truly ap­pre­ci­ate them for their dogged­ness and com­mit­ment,” it stated.

• FCT CP, Bala Ciroma

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