No fewer than six bandits in the wee hours of Sunday raided Skye Bank, Ejigbo branch, Lagos, carting away an unspecified amount of money.
The robbers, said to be armed with AK 47 riffles, scaled the fence of the bank at Orioke, Ejigbo at about 1am and tied up the security guards.
It was learnt that the robbers subsequently broke the wall of the Automated Teller Machine and carted away the money inside. The operation reportedly took two hours as they did not fire a shot to alert security operatives.
According to reports, at the end of the operation, one of the private security guards, reportedly untied himself and contacted management of the bank who consequently reported the robbery to the Police.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations, Mr. Tunde Sobulo, reportedly led a combined team of the Anti-Robbery Squad and Rapid Response Squad to the scene following a distress call. But the robbers had escaped before they reached the bank.
It was learnt that the private security guards were being detained alongside the owner of a vehicle said to have been parked in front of the bank the previous day. The unidentified owner of the vehicle was said to have surfaced hours after the operation to move his car when he was arrested by the police.
Spokesman for the state police command, Mr. Joseph Jaiyeoba, told our correspondent that efforts were being made to arrest the culprits, but could not confirm to our correspondent how much the suspects had carted away.
He said, “Around 3:15am on Sunday, information was received from the manager of Skye Bank, Ejigbo branch that some unknown persons were ransacking the ATM. Patrol teams were quickly mobilised to the scene where it was discovered that the thieves had entered through the fence, bore a hole through the wall housing the ATM and made away with a yet-to-be ascertained sum of money.
“However, the security guards have been arrested while efforts are on to arrest the fleeing suspects.”