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How First Bank Employee Led Armed Robbery Operation - FCT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE



ABUJA, NIGERIA - An employee of the Mpape branch of First Bank Plc, Larry Ehizo, 30, has been accused of leading the suspected armed robbery gang that unleashed terror on the financial institution last Saturday. 

The allegation emerged through the FCT Commissioner of Police (CP), Bala Ciroma, while parading the three suspected robbers who attempted to rob First Bank Plc in the Mpape area of Abuja last Saturday.

The First Bank employee (Larry Ehizo) was particularly alleged to have led three others, Timothy Joe, 21; Princewill Obinna, 24; and Elijah David, 19, to the bank in an attempt to steal a huge sum of money from it.

Sadly, the fourth suspect, identified simply as Patrick, was gunned down by security agents during the failed heist, while a manhunt has been launched for the fifth member of the gang, identified simply as Ernest.

Larry Ehizo was further alleged to have masterminded the robbery, by driving his gang members to the bank premises in his Peugeot 206 car and provided directions on how to access the vault.

Furthermore, Larry Ehizo was alleged to have given the armed robbery suspects black fez caps to cover their faces before he disabled the close circuit television cameras on the premises.

The FCT police boss, Bala Ciroma, explained that efforts were being made to arrest other members of the gang, who he said are on the run.

CP Bala Ciroma said: “Four locally-made pistols, one Peugeot 206 car with number plate SBG 752 FP, two cutlasses, two daggers, one axe, a pair of pliers, one Infinix Note phone and one saw blade were recovered from the suspects.

“Efforts are being intensified to arrest other members of the gang, who are currently at large.”

Telling the story, one of the arrested suspects, Elijah David alleged that Ehizo informed the gang members that the robbery would rake in N7m and assured them that only a few staff members would be at work on the day of the incident.

Elijah David further explained that the banker administered an oath of secrecy on him before they went for the operation.

According to Elijah David:
“Mr Larry (Ehizo) told us that the job could fetch about N7m. 

"After we entered the bank, we saw a riot policeman on duty but sleeping, so Obinna pointed a pistol at him and we tied him with an old sponge. Mr Larry told us that he would keep the other door open for us.

“So, Larry and Obinna later went upstairs with a pair of pliers to disconnect the CCTV. On our way out, Larry suddenly shouted, ‘Ah, the MOPOL has escaped’; then, I ran inside and all of us scattered. 

"I didn’t know what to do. Then the police began firing teargas into the premises.”

"Ehizo attempted to implicate his colleagues after they were arrested.

“I decided to untie the other bank workers because the teargas could kill them. 

"I apologised to them. When we came out, we saw a lot of policemen and soldiers; they pointed guns at us and asked who arranged the robbery, then Mr Larry pointed at an innocent man, but I said it was Larry.”

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