Abuja Robbery: I wasn’t threatened, I started planning the robbery in October – Banker Backtracks

A customer care officer of a first generation bank, which was attacked by armed robbers last Saturday, Larry Ehizo, has stated that he began planning how to carry out the operation in October 2019.

Ehizo, who recanted his earlier claim that a barman, Ernest Ewim, blackmailed him into carrying out the attempted heist, said he started nursing the idea having monitored the security system and the processes in the bank.

Abuja Robbery: I wasn’t threatened, I started planning the robbery in October – Banker Backtracks

The customer care officer said, “Everything Ewim said is true; he didn’t threaten me. I willingly collected his number and I called him and he said I should give him a few days. “When I called him, I simply told him how they would go in, where they would see the riot policeman guarding the bank and how to disconnect the CCTV. On Banker who was arrested with other suspects in the Abuja Bank robbery has revealed that he had been planning the attack since October.

Recall that we previously reported that the Banker, Larry Ehizo, had said he was threatened by the head of the robbery gang to help rob the bank or himself, his girlfriend and more will be killed. He has now revealed that he was not threatened as earlier claimed, he just got greedy and started planning it since October.

Larry Ehizo who was a customer care officer of a first generation bank, which was attacked by armed robbers last week Saturday, Larry Ehizo, recanted his earlier claim that a barman, Ernest Ewim, blackmailed him into carrying out the attempted heist, said he started nursing the idea having monitored the security system and the processes in the bank.

Ehizo said,

“Everything Ewim said is true; he didn’t threaten me. I willingly collected his number and I called him and he said I should give him a few days.

“When I called him, I simply told him how they would go in, where they would see the riot policeman guarding the bank and how to disconnect the CCTV. On Friday night during our meeting, we had issues with getting a driver.”

When asked the motive for the crime, Ehizo simply stated,

“I was just greedy; I thought it was something simple that I could just pull off. I had taken time to study everything; I started thinking about it since October.

Maybe, because I work inside, I felt I could take the money. So, I gradually mapped out where the CCTV is, where the police officer stays, his movement, how people are stationed over the weekend and how the ATM functions over the weekend. I took time to map it out for over a month.”

The sixth member of the gang, Ewim was arrested by Federal Capital Territory Police Command at his hideout on Wednesday.

Ewim, who doubles as a barman and disc jockey at the Ever Ready Hotel, Mpape, explained that he organised the gang that carried out the foiled heist at Ehizo’s request.

Narrating how he became involved in the attempted robbery, the 29-year-old said he met Ehizo at the customer care desk of the bank when he was having issues with his account.

He explained that after addressing his complaints, the bank official took his phone number and called him two days later, promising to give him a job

Ewim stated, “After two days, I received a call from Ehizo, who identified himself and said he had a job for me.

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