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"Manager assisted us to rob his bank", armed robber confesses


An armed robbery syndicate terrorizing banks have disclosed how a Bank Manager connived with them to rob his branch.

The suspects are Mathew Olagoke, Ahmad Abdullahi, Johnson Ojo, and Bamidele Adebanjo; who were arrested by the IGP Special Tactical Squad at Ibadan.

While parading the suspect at the police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, a member of the robbery syndicate, Adebanjo Bamidele explained that they had concluded plans with the bank manager (name withheld) and six other staff of the bank who has agreed to cooperate with them upon their arrival at the bank.

Adebanjo, who refused to disclose the name of the bank, said the manager had assured them of a successful operation whenever they arrived at the bank in Ekiti State.

The suspect, a private soldier who served with Nigerian Army, Monguno barracks, 242 Armoured Brigade, Maiduguri, said he was dismissed for being absent without permission.

He further disclosed that the gang which specializes in robbing banks, filling stations, and University hostels had recently robbed the University of Ibadan, Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure hostels among others.

Speaking, the Ogun State Police Commissioner, CP Kenneth Ebrimson said the suspects were tracked down following intelligence received by men of IGP tactical squad.

Ebrimson noted that the suspect’s phone conversation was monitored which aided the police team to swung into action and tracked them down to Ibadan, Oyo State where the robbers were intercepted and arrested.

Exhibits recovered from them included; three locally made short guns, twenty-one live cartridges and one expended, four bank ATM cards, seven mobile phones, three identity cards, and assorted dangerous charms.

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