By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—One of the gang members arrested by the Police in Akwa Ibom State for being responsible for series of bank robberies in the state, has disclosed how they operate and rob their victims.
The suspect, Bright, one of the three gang members paraded by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, denied hanging around banks before robbing customers.
The 31-year-old father of three, also denied being arrested with arms, but with N500,000.
His words: “I was arrested not with arms, but with the N500,000 I robbed a customer of. Somebody withdrew and misplaced the money, so I picked it up from where he left the money. I just started this business about a year ago.
“I have not killed any of my victims. I don’t rob banks but only banks’ customers. And I don’t hang around bank premises. If somebody withdraws money, I will know but I don’t use charms.
“I enter the bank and pretend to be filling tellers, while waiting for those who will withdraw large sums. I know how much each person will withdraw.
“As at 2013, I used to vandalise oil pipelines at Onega in Rivers State. I used some of the money I made to establish business like a boutique in Eket.”
Police Commissioner speaks
Parading the suspects yesterday in Uyo, the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, said that Bright and his gang members, Austine and Chibueze were arrested on November 3 at Eket, following a sustained monitoring after they had robbed a person of N1 million, which the victim had withdrawn from a bank in Eket.
Muazu said: “Our Team at Eket received a distress call that a robbery was going on at Food Affairs, near First Bank in Eket.
“One Nkereuwem Bassey Akpan withdrew N1 million and was trailed and blocked by the suspects, who robbed him of the said amount.”
He said items recovered from the suspects include one Toyota Avalon with number plates NCH 28 ST.
Other items were N521,300 cash, one Techno phone, and ATM cards.
Muazu said leader of the gang, Bright, was based in Eket, while the other gang members usually come to the state from Rivers State.