Community residents steal from robbers

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The Onjo of Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, Rafiu Mustapha has revealed that investigations are ongoing into the sharing of loot recovered from armed robbers by some members of the community.

Armed robbers had attacked the First bank branch in the town and carted away about N60 million naira. They used the car of a bank staff and another one hijacked from a passenger.

The community’s vigilantes, local hunters and some members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) however intercepted and arrested, which led to an accident.A group of young men and women who were present forced the trunk of the car open and emptied the sacks that had being loaded with money by the robbers.

A source in the bank that preferred to remain anonymous said; “It is unfortunate that the gallantry displayed by the community men is now being overshadowed by the activities of the unscrupulous men and women in the community who stole what had already been saved by the brave warriors.

“This money is roughly N60 million and nobody has reported that a penny was retrieved. That is unfortunate. So what is the difference between the robbers who attacked us, killed a police officer and stole from the vaults, and those who shared the loot? Who says the robbers are not known to the community, then? Was it a set-up or what? The community needs to redeem its image.”

Another staff said “The vigilantes arrested those robbers, but unfortunately when we got to the scene, we didn’t find any cash there. So who stole the money specifically, I can’t say. But if Kabiyesi has confirmed that, he would know better because we were still inside the bank’s premises lying down when those things were happening. So we cannot tell what happened outside our premises.”

The community’s traditional ruler said he was already mobilising the community to expose those behind the incident.

“Yes, those who shared the money are bad boys from our community. They are everywhere here but we are working hard on exposing them, and I am sure God will expose them. We learnt they are already fighting over their shares. But by His grace, they will be exposed.

“If you recalled, on Thursday, July 30, a day after the incident, ahead of the commissioner’s visit, the police had brought one suspect arrested in connection to the incident to the community, and our people had tried to burn the suspect. Maybe it was during an attempt to disperse the crowd that stray bullets hit a resident and one of the drivers of the police escort vehicles. The police officer also later died that day. I went to the police in Ibadan and I was told the bullet retrieved from the late officer was from a double barrel gun. So it is unclear who shot, and that is what we are still battling again.

Investigations are said to be on going by the Police authorities.

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