Abuja First Bank Robbery: A Bad day For The Thieves

By  Elizabeth Chukwuma

For years , thieves had been invading Banks in different parts of the country and escaped with ease. But nemesis appear to have caught up with the dare-devil robbers , who had  attempted to rob a First bank branch, at the Mape area of Abuja, at  the Federal Capital Territory , FCT, on Saturday, December 28, 2019.

Those who are conversant with the  Abuja Metropolis Map, knew that   it is only the major Expressway that  separates the Mape  area , one of the numerous suburbs Communities, in Abuja,   and  Maitama , described  as a high brow  area occupied by the rich people . The invasion of the  first generation bank , at Abuja,   home of all the security agencies in the country,   bear eloquent testimony to the fact   that no place is safe and the the thieves are no longer afraid of the police bullets .  This is why  security has  t be beefed up  in the Banks to protect Customers deposit.

They  were said to have found their way  into the  bank   at about 10 am, after shooting sporadically to scare away the people  in order  to loot the bank and also rob the Customers using the ATM  . The saying that ‘’every day is for the thief and one day is  for  the owner of the House became a reality at the First bank branch. The thieves may not not have put at the back of their mind that this information age where their action in such a busy area could easily leak out to the police and other security agencies. The operation turned turned to be their last

The Value News learnt that no sooner they found their way into the Bank to start their operation than the Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, IGP’s  anti-robbery squad, SARS, Abuja Police Command and the Army quickly  contacted   and they did not waste time in arriving the scene.   The security operatives, according to sources   were said  to have  barricaded the entrance to the bank premises, thus forcing the thieves to remain indoors ATM holding the Saturday workers and the few ATM users hostage.

 The Magazine was informed  that an attempt   by one of the robbers to brave the odds  and  escape when it became obvious that the robbery operation had leaked out to security operatives within Abuja and its environs  was met with stiff resistance. This is because of the tight security  mounted by SARS, Army and the Department of State Security, DSS, who joined to foil the Bank robbery. The unlucky was gunned down.

SARS Taking Away One Of The Bank Thieves

Mariam Yusuf,  an Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP, and Deputy Spokesperson  ,   FCT, Police Command  reportedly said that normalcy had returned  the  area  after four of  the suspects ere arrested.  According to the Police Spokesperson,  the  thieves were trapped  inside  the bank   for over four hours.    He disclosed that  nothing   was lost or taking away from the bank by the thieves  due the quick  intervention  of the security operatives. ”How bad to end the year in the Police net as a thief”, remarked Abdul Lawal, who rushed to the scene to catch a glimpse of the criminals.  

The Magazine  watched on Channels Television how the Thieves were forced  into a security vehicles as crowd gathered to look at the faces of the Criminal elements between the ages of 20 and 25, who want to become millionaires overnight through stealing. They had looked confident as they showed their face for  people to to capture their their look. The crowd were said to have  followed the security vehicles  mocking at the thieves, and praying that they should  be killed  as a deterrent to other Bank robbers  instead of dragging them to Court considered time wasting.

   Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate f the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, who could not hide his feelings over the good job done by the security agencies personnel to foil the bank robbery attack commended them for being proactive.”I am proud of the pro-activeness of the Nigerian Army and the Police in foiling the bank robbery attack in Abuja”, he had tweeted.

 With the arrest of the  four bank robbers  and killing of one of them, in a gun dualwith security operatives, Adamu , the message is clear to Bank robbers that  it  is no longer going to be business as usual.

 The Abuja  Bank robbery   has shown that the Bank Authorities  must  work closely with the Police  to tighten up security in all their branches across the country  to forestall  futures Bank robberies.  They need to  support the security agencies, particular, the police with  operational vehicles and other working tools as the  attention of the thieves appear focused the banks and not private residences.

 Last August, a gang of  robbers  had attacked   a first generation bank, in Iju Town,  Akure North local government area of Ondo state.   The thieves were said to have killed a female Banker and carted away an undisclosed amount of money from the Bank Vault.

Recall that in April  2018, armed robbers  had used dynamite to blow up a Vault in a bank at Offa, Kwara state, north central Nigeria. No fewer than  20 suspects were said to have been   involved in the robbery operation. The robbers, who were armed  with assault rifles, were said to have attacked  two banks    as they shot sporadically into the air to scare away people who were ready to challenge them with their bare-hand. Virtually all the thieves who were involved in the Offa bank robbery operation had been caught and dealt with according to the Law.

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