Microfinance bank staff member, accomplice nabbed for planning own robbery


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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested a member of staff of Abestone Microfinance Bank Abeokuta, Olagoke Dare for arranging with another person to rob him of N3m belonging to his employer.

The suspect was arrested alongside his accomplice, Idowu Tunde.

Olagoke and one Mary Agbejo had gone to a commercial bank at Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta to withdraw the money when the incident occurred.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by the police at Ibara Divisional headquarters, that armed robbers have attacked the duo of Olagoke Dare and Mary Agbejo while coming out from a commercial bank at Oke-Ilewo area, where they had gone to withdraw money.

He added that acting on the distress call, the Divisional Police Officer, Ibara Division, SP Segun Ajao quickly mobilised his men and moved to the scene where the accomplice, Idowu Tunde was arrested with the assistance of members of public.

Oyeyemi said Idowu Tunde, who was armed with a mock gun, informed the police during interrogation that it was Olagoke Dare who informed him that his employer will be sending him and one other person to withdraw the sum of N3m, and that they should come and rob them of the money.

Oyeyemi said, “He (Idowu Tunde) stated further that it was the same Olagoke Dare who gave him the toy pistol for the operation.

“He confessed further that while the Dare and his other colleague were in the bank, he has already hid in their car which was deliberately left opened by Dare in accordance with their plan.

“While they got into the car, Idowu Tunde explained that he came out suddenly from the back seat and pointed the gun to the lady who was inĀ  possession of the money.

“But the lady noticed that the gun did not look original consequent upon which she dragged the gun with him and raised the alarm. It was the alarm that attracted people who pursued them and called the police.”

Meanwhile, the acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Abiodun Alamutu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the two suspects to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

He also advised that companies should endeavour to always have background checks on their staff before employing them.



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