Barely 5 days after the Ogun State Police command rescued the former Primate of the Anglican Communion Church of Nigeria, Primate Peter Jasper Akinola and his daughter from the hands of kidnappers , the command also foiled an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) robbery in Abeokuta at the early hours of Saturday.
According to the PRO of the Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Armoured Personnel Carrier policemen posted to Rounder point in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun state received a call from the security department of the Crescent University Abeokuta that some armed men were operating at the ATM Room, property of a new generation bank, located within the premises of the institution at about 1.30 am.
Adejobi disclosed to Street Journal that the policemen responded promptly and met five university security guards on duty tied down by the armed men while the robbers escaped through the fence of the school.
Though the armed robbers could not gain access to the ATM Strong Room, they damaged the main security door to the ATM room and tampered with some gadgets therein.
The Police spokesman disclosed that “their instruments for breaking the ATM included two cylinders containing methane gas, two sledge hammers, pliers, screw drivers, lighters, etc which were left behind because of police presence and recovered by the police for further investigation”.
Adejobi also disclosed that one Abdulliahi Tunde, a 20 year-old welder was arrested around the University when he was making suspicious calls on phone about 10. 10 am while policemen on surveillance were combing the bush around the school; and he has been transferred to Special Anti Robbery Squad for thorough investigation.
In a statement signed by the PPRO, it was contained that “the command therefore wishes to advise the general public particularly those dealing with liquid cash, like owners of cold rooms, petrol stations, shopping malls etc to be more security conscious during this yuletide season and beyond as the hoodlums have been barred from banks in Ogun State by the police”.