Ekiti bank robbery: Police allege internal connivance, arrest two bank officials

The Ekiti State police command has alleged that there was internal connivance between the bank officials and the robbers at Oye-Ekiti, headquarters of Oye local government area of Ekiti state going by the startling revelations of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).

TribuneOnline had reported on Friday how the robbers stormed a new generation bank in the community killing a police sergeant and a seven-year-old girl.

The robbers attacked the Police Divisional Police station in Oye Ekiti and burnt a police van used to block Ilupeju-Oye highway after they operated for over 30 minutes.

TribuneOnline gathered that the robbers made away with no less than N25 million and a huge sum of foreign currencies.

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The Commissioner of Police, Mr Asuquo Amba, who visited the bank on assessment tour on Friday said it was baffling that the bank officials could allegedly open the strong room seven minutes before the robbery.

Amba alleged further 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 struck the security door with explosives.

The Commissioner said between the time the bandits attacked the Police Divisional Office, which was about the 300 metres away from the bank and the said time they struck,  was enough for the bankers to have escaped after closing the vault but refused for the sinister intention they allegedly harboured.

According to him, “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 3.05 pm 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 added that the police recovered a carton inside the bank containing over N2 million that was allegedly hidden by one of the bankers before the operation.

“The carton was hidden under the table within the banking hall. This should be part of the loots from the strong room,” the CP said.

He said the two top managerial staff already detained by the police are helping the course of the investigation.

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