An operative of Enugu State Police Command has shot and arrested a security official of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in Nsuka, Enugu State, while carting away N3.655 million after breaking into an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) at the bank.
The official, identified as Alumona Peter Nkem, an indigene of Abbi community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state, was employed in the bank barely three months ago and was arrested at the weekend.
The Daily Times gathered that Nkem scaled through the back fence of the bank, having perfectly tied a rope to the fence which he used to drop into the bank’s premises.
He disconnected the CCTV camera before breaking into the ATM and removed the amount.
A senior officer who pleaded not to be mentioned in the report because he is not authorised to speak on the matter. confided in our correspondent that Nkem had successfully removed the cash from the machine when one of the police officers attached to the bank sighted him on the roof with his loot.
The officer said, “He was in the process of climbing down from the roof of the bank when he was sighted by one of the officers attached to the bank; the officer asked him what he was doing on the roof.
“He told him he is one of the security men of the bank and before we could say Jack Robinson, he aimed at the fence before he was shot at”.
He added that the suspect must be a chronic criminal for him to have successfully disabled the CCTV camera before entering the bank to carry out his operation.
The police said its officers were intensifying their efforts to arrest his accomplices who sped off in a waiting car immediately they heard gunshot of the police.
When contacted for comment, the Area Commander Nsukka Police Command, ACP Steve Yabnet, in company of the Divisional Police officer (DPO) Nsukka Urban Division, Musa Badamasi (CSP) said that police would stop at nothing to arrest the fleeing suspects.
Yabanet warned all criminal elements to stay away from Nsukka as the police is battle ready to root them out of the area.