Asuquo Amba, commissioner of police in Ekiti who commented on the recent robbery attack in the state where a policeman and a girl were shot dead revealed that CCTV footage recovered showed one of the bank staff taking money from the vault few minutes before the attack.
The Police Commissioner told newsmen that there seems to be a connivance between the bank staff and the robbers who attacked the police station in the town first before heading to the bank where they carted away over N25 million.
“The IGP has directed that there must be a very thorough investigation and that this mode of operation must be brought to fore,” he said.
“What baffles me is that there was nexus between the robbers and insiders in the banking premises. The Oye Police Division is about one or two poles from here. It was the first point of attack. The bankers confirmed that they heard the shots and it took about 10 minutes before the robbers arrived at the bank from there.
“Within the period, there were some activities that went on inside the bank. It is either there was strict connivance, or that the bank officials took advantage to carry out their own intention which an investigation would prove.
“Between the time the robbers attacked our men and the time the robbery took place, the staff had enough time to escape through the exit door. They were captured by CCTV moving in and out of the vault. The vault was even opened before the robbers came.”
Amba further disclosed that N2 million hidden in a carton and stashed in the bank has been recovered.
“Despite the opportunity, none of them made efforts to escape, they were stuffing money and there is evidence to prove this,” he said.
“The staff opened the vault by 3.05 p.m. and the robbers blew up the security door at 3.12 p.m., this gave a strong suspicion that there was internal collaboration in this matter.
“The carton was hidden under the table within the banking hall. This should be part of the loots from the strong room