Ekiti bank robbery: CCTV captured staff stealing money, say police

Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr Asuquo Amba, said on Friday that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered further to investigation into Thursday’s armed robbery attack on the Oye Ekiti branch of a new generation bank and the Oye Police Division.

Amba, who said there was a close similarity between the armed robbers’ attack and the one on a bank at Ise Ekiti about two months ago, said, “The IGP has directed that there must be a very thorough investigation and that this mode of operation must be brought to fore.”

The robbers, who attacked the police station to dislodge the security agents ahead of the bank robbery where they blasted the security door with dynamite and carted away over N25 million and some foreign currencies also killed two persons – a policeman and a seven-year-old girl.

The police commissioner decried the killing of the police sergeant who was on duty at the bank and the girl, whose mother was a hawker in the bank area by the robbers in the attack.

The police boss, who spoke at Oye Ekiti during an on-the-spot assessment of the bank and divisional station, said video footage from the closed-circuit television in the bank suggested that the robbery was carried out in connivance with insiders.

Amba alleged that the CCTV also revealed how the bankers and a customer, who ran inside upon hearing the gunshots, had 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.

He said the robbers had during the attack on the police division used about seven or eight improvised explosive devices.

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