Saturday, December 28, 2013
How we foiled ATM robbery in Ogun – Police
robbery of an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), in Abeokuta yesterday.
This comes barely days after the former head of the Anglican Communion
Church of Nigeria, Primate Peter Jasper Akinola and his daughter, were
rescued from the hands of kidnappers.
It was gathered that the robbery attempt on the ATM was thwarted by
the police after a tip-off by a security personnel close the location.
The police public relations officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a
statement, said policemen operating an Armoured Personnel Carrier
(APC) posted to Rounder Point in Abeokuta North Local Government Area
of Ogun State received a call from the security department of the
Crescent University Abeokuta that some armed men were operating at the
ATM Machine Room, property of a new generation bank, located within
the premises of the institution around 1.30 a.m. yesterday.
"The policemen responded promptly and met five university security
guards on duty tied by the armed men while the robbers escaped through
the fence of the school", Adejobi said.
"However, the armed robbers could not have access to the ATM Strong
Room but damaged the main security door to the ATM Room and tampered
with some gadgets therein.
"Their instruments for breaking the ATM machine, including two
cylinders containing methane gas, two sledge hammers, pliers, screw
drivers, lighters, etc, were left behind because of police presence
and recovered by the police for further investigation.
"One Abdulliahi Tunde,20yrs, a welder by profession, has been arrested
around the university when he was making suspicious calls on phone
about 1: 10 pm while policemen on surveillance were combing the bush
around the school; and he has been transferred to Special Anti Robbery
Squad for thorough investigation.
"The command therefore wishes to advise the general public
particularly those dealing with liquid cash, like owners of cold
rooms, petrol stations, shopping malls etc to be more security
conscious during this Yuletide season and beyond as the hoodlums have
been barred from banks in Ogun State by the police".