‘I stole because cashiers were careless,’ says robbery suspect
A thirty-four year old suspected bank thief, Ibrahim Abudulameed, paraded by the Lagos State Police Command has told newsmen that he is a professional thief and not a robber.
The suspect, who spoke freely to newsmen claimed that he has attempted stealing from other banks aside from FCMB but did not succeed due to vigilance of the bankers.
According to the suspect, “I am not a robber, I go into banks to steal, not to rob. When I get there I pretend that I want to lodge some money. For instance, when I went into FCMB to withdraw money, I went straight to the bulk room after monitoring the environment carefully, I saw some money and I collected it.”
Although it was alleged that the suspect went into the bank with a hidden pistol, which he brought out and threatened the cashier, but Abdulameed denied the allegation, insisting that he was just smart.
“I collected N1.2 million. It was this year that I went there. I didn’t go there with any pistol. I succeeded in stealing from the bank because the bank operatives were careless. I went into the bulk room and picked the money. I am not a robber. There was nobody there. I am telling you exactly what happened.”
But, it was gathered that Ibrahim went to the bank with a Ghana-must-go bag pretending he wanted to deposit money. Later he allegedly took a gun from the bag and attacked the cashier.
Demonstrating how he usually swapped his polythene bag containing cut-to-size papers with the banks’ own containing money while pretending to be asking the cashier questions, Ibrahim said he used different methods for different operations.
“Sometimes, I simply swap the victim’s bag containing money with a similar one containing cut-to-size papers.
He was arrested at his hotel room on the Island where he was enjoying his loot by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
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