Police arrest suspected armed robbers ambushing bank customers
The police spokesman for Bayelsa Command, Asinim Butswat, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that the armed robbery gang was arrested in a tricycle which they used for their nefarious activities.
He said that the gang ambushed customers who made withdrawals and trailed them to a convenient place where they would be attacked and robbed of the cash.
Mr Butswat said the adequate security measures put in place for the Yuletide in Bayelsa by the Commissioner of Police, Aminu Saleh, was yielding positive results.
“On 24 December, at about 1900 hours, two notorious armed robbers were arrested at Swali by UBA Bank, while waiting to rob unsuspecting members of the public of their money after withdrawals.
“They were arrested in possession of one locally made revolver pistol with one .9mm live ammunition and another locally made pistol with one AA live ammunition.
“The suspects are in custody and are undergoing interrogation,” Butswat said.
NAN reports that a female bank official with FCMB Yenagoa is being quizzed for allegedly passing information on customers making huge withdrawals to armed robbers who ambushed such customers.
The police spokesman had said that the investigation followed several robbery incidents reported in the past two weeks from the same bank.