by Oke Efagene
The Ogun State Police Command is said to have foiled an attempted robbery of an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), in Abeokuta yesterday.
This comes barely days after the former head of the Anglican Communion Church of Nigeria, Primate Peter Jasper Akinola and his daughter, were rescued from the hands of kidnappers.
It was gathered that the robbery attempt on the ATM was thwarted by the police after a tip-off by a security personnel close the location.
The police public relations officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, said policemen operating an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) posted to Rounder Point in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of Ogun State received a call from the security department of the Crescent University Abeokuta that some armed men were operating at the ATM Machine Room, property of a new generation bank, located within the premises of the institution around 1.30 a.m. yesterday.
“The policemen responded promptly and met five university security guards on duty tied by the armed men while the robbers escaped through the fence of the school”, Adejobi said.
“However, the armed robbers could not have access to the ATM Strong Room but damaged the main security door to the ATM Room and tampered with some gadgets therein.
“Their instruments for breaking the ATM machine, including two cylinders containing methane gas, two sledge hammers, pliers, screw drivers, lighters, etc, were left behind because of police presence and recovered by the police for further investigation.
“One Abdulliahi Tunde,20yrs, a welder by profession, has been arrested around the university when he was making suspicious calls on phone about 1: 10 pm while policemen on surveillance were combing the bush around the school; and he has been transferred to Special Anti Robbery Squad for thorough investigation.
“The command therefore wishes to advise the general public particularly those dealing with liquid cash, like owners of cold rooms, petrol stations, shopping malls etc to be more security conscious during this Yuletide season and beyond as the hoodlums have been barred from banks in Ogun State by the police”.