Staff-arranged robbery: Bank customers seek CBN’s intervention

Staff-arranged robbery: Bank customers seek CBN’s intervention

By Funmi Odujebe

Concerned by the growing rate of staff-arranged bank robberies in the country, bank customers are seeking the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN)’s intervention.

Speaking with Smartviews Magazine on their bitter experiences, the victims appealed to CBN to disallow use of mobile phones by bank cashiers during office hours.

The recent murder of a first generation bank customer at Idimu, immediately after stepping out of the bank after making cash withdrawal and the shooting of a police corporal has further terrified bank customers.

A restaurant owner in Egbeda, Lagos Mrs Adesola Alabi said she was dispossessed of N300,000 by two men on a motorcycle soon after she made the withdrawal. She said at the time, last April, she knew the robbers acted on information because they asked her, “Bring the money, the N300,000”, as they pointed a gun at her, but there was nothing she could do other than report to the police.

She believes the only way the menace could be curbed is by disallowing the use of mobile phones by cashiers on duty.

Frank Okorome’s cousin, Tony was not as lucky as he was shot in the head at Jimoh bus stop, Akowonjo road by men who followed him from a bank situated at Cele bus bus stop in the area. The two men on a motorcycle shot Tony and snatched the small clutch bag containing the money he withdrew. Like Alabi, he also wants the CBN intervention. Okorome said CBN should ensurethat commercial banks do proper investigation of their staff members, keep a tab on them to know whether they are living beyond their earnings.

A journalist, Mr Victor Ahiuma Young was shot four times on the thigh, scrotum and fingers after withdrawing money from a bank at Sadiku bus stop, Apapa expressway. The impact of the pellets on his finger made him drop the envelope containing the money they were after, they picked it and fled, leaving him bleeding profusely.

A bank cashier who spoke with Smartviews Magazine on the issue said disallowing bank staff from using mobile phones is not necessary. She said monitoring can be carried out randomly by supervisors to check excesses of bad cashiers, and to also fish out criminals in disguise.

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1 Response

  1. wunmi says:

    If you dont have money you’re worried, if you have money you’re still worried, God help us in this country

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