Some residents of Okeho town, Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, have been accused of stealing huge sums of money they allegedly recovered from armed robbers who attacked the community’s First Bank branch on July 29.
Corroborating the allegation, the traditional ruler of the town, Onjo of Okeho, Rafiu Mustapha, told PREMIUM TIMES that investigations were ongoing to arrest “the bad boys and bring them to book.”
A senior official of the bank, who does not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter, had told PREMIUM TIMES about the gallantry displayed by the community’s vigilantes, local hunters and some members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC).
He said they intercepted the robbers a few metres from the bank, arrested four of them and lynched them.
However, the source added, as soon as the car in which the robbers were fleeing with the cash reportedly loaded in rice sacks was ambushed, leading to an accident, a crowd of young men and women forced the trunk of the car open and emptied the sacks.
The source 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.”
The bank’s operation manager, Saheed Aiyelagbe, who confirmed the development to our reporter on Sunday morning, said he could not be categorical about those who stole the money.
He also did not confirm the exact amount stolen from the bank, saying the internal control officials of the bank had visited the branch and “had established the figure…