“I am into soap making business, but because business was not booming again, my friend lured me into robbery to have a short cut.”
Those were the words of 58-year-old Moshood Adeniyi, father of three children, who was recently nabbed with three other suspects by officers of the Oyo state Police Command, during an attempt to break into the vault of a new generation bank in Oyo, Oyo State, earlier in this month.
Adeniyi’s other accomplices are: Ismaila Olarinde 40; Ahmed Akande, 45, and Abiodun Adesanya, 44. The suspects were busy dismantling the doors of the bank on September 9, 2016 when the police, acting on a distress call swooped on them.
According to the soap manufacturer, he met his initiator, Saliu, who is still at large, during a football match at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan two months ago.
According to him, “it was Saliu that brought the job and invited me and the rest of us. After that, we moved down to Oyo from Ibadan. When we got to the bank at about 1.00 a.m, we were making attempt to gain entry into the bank when policemen came and were shooting sporadically and we ran away.”
Asked if there were no security officials manning the bank at that time of the night, Adeniyi said “there was no security official at the time we got to the bank and we did not work with any insider. The information we had was that when we get to the banking hall that we “will see money at the counter, pack them and go.”
He further added that it is the same Saliu that provided the instrument to break into the bank.
“I knew him two months ago. I met him at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, when I went to watch a football match. He spoke to me and I agreed to work with him,” he stated.