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Confusion as community residents steal money stolen by bank robbers



Reports coming in suggest that some residents of Okeho town, Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, stole huge sums of money allegedly recovered from armed robbers who attacked a First Bank branch in the community on July 29.

Traditional ruler of the town, Onjo of Okeho, Rafiu Mustapha confirmed the story, stating that investigations were ongoing to arrest “the bad boys and bring them to book,” Premium Times reports.

A senior official of the bank who craved anonymity had told Premium Times about the gallantry displayed by local hunters, vigilantes and some members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC).

He said the robbers were intercepted few metres from the bank, adding that four of them were arrested and lynched.

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But not long after the car in which the robbers were fleeing with the cash reportedly loaded in rice sacks was ambushed and crashed, a crowd of youths forced broke into the car and emptied the sacks.

The source said; “It is unfortunate that the gallantry displayed by the community men is now being overshadowed by the activities of the unscrupulous men and women in the community who stole what had already been saved by the brave warriors.

“This money is roughly N60 million and nobody has reported that a penny was retrieved. That is unfortunate. So what is the difference between the robbers who attacked us, killed a police officer and stole from the vaults, and those who shared the loot? Who says the robbers are not known to the community, then? Was it a set-up or what? The community needs to redeem its image.”

The bank’s operation manager, Saheed Aiyelagbe, confirming the development, said he could not precisely identify those who stole the money.

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He also could not confirm the exact amount stolen from the bank, saying the internal control officials of the bank had visited the branch and “had established the figure.”

Aiyelagbe; “The vigilantes arrested those robbers, but unfortunately when we got to the scene, we didn’t find any cash there. So who stole the money specifically, I can’t say. But if Kabiyesi has confirmed that, he would know better because we were still inside the bank’s premises lying down when those things were happening. So we cannot tell what happened outside our premises.”

Meanwhile Police spokesperson in Oyo State, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said investigations into the case are still ongoing and the public will be briefed in a short while.

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“So after both the discreet and preliminary investigations, we will reach out to the press, and that will be in a short while. This is because we already have some suspects in our custody who are assisting the police in our investigations.” Fadeyi said.

Asides the two suspects earlier arrested, the police on Tuesday said they have arrested three more suspects.

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