Crime Watch

Man attempts breaking into Lagos bank with hammer

The Lagos police have arrested a 43-year-old man, Azeez Isa for attempting to rob a new generation bank in the state.

It was learnt that the suspected robber wanted to break into a bank opposite the Maplewood Estate in the Oko Oba area in the early hours of Sunday.
A police source said Isa was caught with a sledgehammer which he used to hit the security door of the financial institution while trying to gain entry, adding that the security guards were at first scared because they didn’t know who else was with him during the operation.

The source said; “The security guards attached to the bank heard the sound of someone hitting an object early in the morning.

“They traced the sound and found a man using a sledgehammer to hit the security door. He kept hitting the door repeatedly without minding that the sound could attract the attention of people around there.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin who confirmed the incident, revealed that the uspect was arrested while carrying out the act.

“We got the distress call around 4.20 am and our patrol team responded swiftly. The man was arrested while still breaking the door. He is in police custody and is currently being interrogated,” he said.

Meanwhile in other news…

A 25-year-old bank worker has been arrested by the Ghanaian Police for allegedly stealing about Ghc1.2 million (N50million) from two customers bank accounts.

Emmanuel Sakyi Afriyie, a contract employee of one of Ghana’s biggest banks, was alleged to have taken money belonging to a judge and a previous Inspector General of Police, both of whom are deceased.

According to the police, the suspect transferred some of the funds to his own account in another bank, the accounts of his 17 collaborators in various banks, and their mobile money accounts.

He is also accused of using It was gathered that Afriyie used some of the funds to purchase an iPhone 14 Pro Max and a Toyota Camry, and intended to sneak away with his girlfriend to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates after purchasing an airline ticket.

But security operatives acting on intelligence swung into action and apprehended Afriyie at the Kotoka International Airport on June 4, 2023.

The accused person allegedly carried out the fraudulent transactions by discreetly recording his boss using a mobile phone as she entered her password, and he later examined the clip to determine the password she was using.

Afriyie then transferred the funds from the customers’ accounts within two months. Some of his accomplices were later arrested and brought before a court and held in detention before they were eventually granted bail.

Afriyie was accused of several offences, including conspiracy and theft alongside some of his aides. He was the only suspect facing additional charges of falsifying accounts and forging other documents, raising his total number of accusations against him to 13, all of which he pleaded not guilty.