Larry Ehizo the customer care officer of the first generation bank, which was attacked by armed robbers, confessed to have begun planning how to carry out the operation since October 2019.
Ehizo, who withdrew 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.
He stated that:
“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.”
Ehizo said this when he was asked what the motive of the crime was:
“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 Federal Capital Territory Police Command had arrested the sixth member of the gang, Ewim, at his hideout on Wednesday.
Wearing dreadlocks and dressed in a light blue denim jacket and matching blue jeans, the suspect sustained injuries in his legs.
The police had earlier gunned down a member of the gang, identified as Patrick, and arrested four others during the failed operation.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, had on Tuesday paraded four gang members including Ehizo, 30, as well as Timothy Joe 21 Princewill Obinna 24, and Elijah David 19.