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Bank Sack Five Workers Over Offa Robbery Footage Leak

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One of the commercial banks affected by the Offa robbery incident, has reportedly sacked five of its employees, for the leakage of the closed Circuit Television footage, which showed how the robbers gained entrance into the bank.

According to reliable sources in the bank, the management viewed the release of the footage to the public, without official approval as “gross indiscipline,” which was capable of affecting the security and image of the bank.

It subsequently sacked about five of its employees linked to the release of the footage last Friday.

Recall that on Thursday, April 5, armed robbers invaded five banks in Offa, Kwara State, killing scores of residents, including policemen, bank workers and passersby.

The assailants were said to have carted away millions of naira as they robbed the banks for about one hour without any challenge from security agents.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ado Lawan, who put the casualty figure at 17, said nine policemen died during the attack.

The Operations Commander, Vigilance Group of Nigeria, Offa, Kwara State chapter, Wasiu Adepoju, however, said vigilantes in the state counted 50 dead bodies.

A video clip of the incident had gone viral shortly afterwards, revealing how the robbers entered one of the banks.

The Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ajayi Okasanmi, said the Nigeria Police Force would also deal with anyone linked to the robbery.

Okesanmi spoke in response to reports, that the Divisional Crime Officer and the Divisional Police Officer of the Offa Police Station allegedly failed to take necessary actions before the robbers attacked.

It was also said that the robbers only collected the phones of the DPO and the DCO and allowed them to escape.

Okasanmi said both civilians and uniformed men linked to the incident would not go scot-free.

While saying that investigation was ongoing, he noted that the police were determined to get to the root of “persistent robberies” in Offa.

“Whether civilian or police, whoever is found culpable would be dealt with accordingly,” he added.

 

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