Why bankers in Ijebu area will be first suspects in case of robbery -Police

Why bankers in Ijebu area will be first suspects in case of robbery -Police
Ogun Police CP, Edward-Awolowo-Ajogun

The Ogun State Police Command has warned that bankers would be the first suspects in case there is bank robbery in Ijebu area of Ogun State.

The command gave the warning on Saturday in a statement by its spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi.

The command said holding bankers as first suspects would enable them to disclose their “ceaseless sources of information,” which they had allegedly refused to make available.

The police issued the warning against the backdrop of banks’ refusal to open following alleged robbery threat.

The police command also said they also refused to divulge

Describing the action of the banks as mischievous, the police command said: “They claimed armed robbers wrote to inform them that they are coming to attack them, but they will not make the purported letter available to the police for investigation and possible apprehension of those behind it.

“It is bad that from time to time they cry wolves, carelessly and recklessly; and in none of these numerous occasions has any robbery taken place.”

The statement by Oyeyemi reads in full:

The Ogun State police command has noticed with dismay, the unwarranted closure of Banks and Financial institutions in Ijebu Ode and its environs over an alleged robbery threat.

The command is appalled at this unprofessional behaviour of bankers in that axis despite continuous assurance of their safety by the police and other security agencies.

Their recent action can only be described as treacherous and mischievous, because they are not the only bankers we have in the state and the country in general, yet they are the ones complaining of robbery threat every now and then.

The command has noticed that once they are bent on this mischief, they closed their minds and eyes to other security arrangements the police in conjunction with other security agencies have on ground to protect them.

They claimed armed robbers wrote to inform them that they are coming to attack them, but they will not make the purported letter available to the police for investigation and possible apprehension of those behind it.

It is bad that from time to time they cry wolves, carelessly and recklessly; and in none of these numerous occasions has any robbery taken place.

The command want to believe that some of them actually want their banks to be robbed, hence these strange set of bankers expose the banks in the area to security threats by making public real and imaginary security lapses to the general public including armed robbers rather than quietly discussing them with security agencies and government.

The command therefore wishes to warn that the bankers will surely be the first set of suspects if anything unusual in the form of bank robbery (God forbid) happens in the area, at least for them to disclose their ceaseless sources of information.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has directed a full scale investigation into this their present claim of receiving a letter from armed robbers that they are coming to attack their banks.

On our own part, we are doing everything within the ambit of the law to guarantee the safety of life and property of good people of Ogun State, the banks and other financial institutions inclusive. It is therefore not in the interest of the state, for anybody to raise false alarm.