Two Bank Staffs Jailed For Robbery

Published On: March 15, 2011, 4:01 pm (9 years ago)
Author: Daniel Bosai
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Two senior staff of the Union Bank branch at Herbert Macaulay Street, Ebute Meta in Lagos, Nigeria, Jonah Uroko Ishiwu, 50 and Oladaisi Ibukun, 44, have been docked for robbery.
On the orders of the Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, they have also been remanded in Ikoyi Prisons for their alleged involvement in the robbery of the bank on 17 February 2011.
The accused and two security guards, Musendiku Tijani, 26 and Yusuf Hakeem, 26, were arraigned by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos State, before the court for allegedly robbing the bank of N11 million and some yet to be estimated amount in foreign currency, from the bank’s treasury.
It was gathered that Jonah and Oladaisi, who have served the bank for 26 and 20 years respectively, were alleged to have conspired to leave behind the bank’s vault keys after the close of work in order to allow armed robbers have access to the bank at about 2 a.m. on the day of the incident.
The robbers were said to have successfully carted away N11,365,000.
Musendiku and Yusuf, who were security guards at the bank, were alleged to have allowed the armed robbers free passage without raising any alarm.
The accused persons were arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy, felony and armed robbery, which, according to the prosecutor, Mr. A.O. Fadipe, a police officer from SCID, are punishable under Sections 516, 519 and 509 of the Criminal Code Cap C.17, Vol. II, Laws of Lagos State, of Nigeria 2003.
Count two of the charge read: “that you, Jonah Uroko Ishiwu, Oladaisi Ibukun, in the Lagos Magisterial District on 16 February, 2011, as members of staff of Union Bank Plc, situated at the aforementioned address before and after the close office work, did conspire among yourselves to leave behind the upper treasury key of the bank in order to allow armed robbers to have access into the bank’s treasury at about 2 a.m. of 17 February, 2011 and carted away N11.365 million and some yet to be estimated foreign currencies from the bank’s treasury and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap C17 Vol. II Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003,” while count three stated “that you, Musendiku Tijani, Yusuf Hakeem, on 17 February, 2011, at about 2 a.m. in the aforementioned Magisterial District, being the night duty security guards of the above mentioned bank, did become an accessory after the fact to have allowed armed robbers to enter your place of work/duty post, an offence punishable under Section 519 of the Criminal Code Cap C 17 Vol. II Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.”
They pleaded not guilty to the charges against them but their plea was not taken based on the first count.
The two security guards were granted bail by the presiding judge, Chief Magistrate Philip O. Ojo, in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in the like sum, who must show evidence of paying tax to the Lagos State government, means of livelihood and residing within the magisterial district.
As for the senior staff of the bank, due to count one of the charge which the prosecutor said was contrary to Section 6(b) and punishable under section 1(2)(a) of the Armed Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap 146 Vol. II, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990 as amended, the Chief Magistrate ordered that they should be remanded, pending the outcome of advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The case was adjourned till 14 April, 2011 for trial.

Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 04:01 PM | Hero
They pleaded not guilty? Why does the law even allow people to plea?
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 04:12 PM | Gistmaniac
u see it,robbery in thy high place-worked for a band for 26 yrs and this is how u finished ur carrier, i wonder
 which way to go in nigeria, ur money is not saved in ur house and now even in the bank
well let EFCC intervend in the case, let them mention the way about of the money and face thier
 jury,and again pls the poster, u  must provide us the  out come of the case, if they returned the stolen millions ok
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 05:43 PM | Gistmaniac
 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin dis is just one of them...............d so call yahoo dat collect western-union via banks, u think dey av d gut but bank officers do it 4 dem, anyway cicilian ibru and eratus the father and mother of exotic bank rubbery wht happen to their loots........though these guys may suffer and even lost their property cos they don't steal big..........Imagine less than 20m naira among them all...........where some ppl go away with 100b naira plus........... Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin dis guys go suffer die 4 police hand thank God no woman among dem her oga 4 hate her when she comes back
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 08:43 PM | Upcoming
very terrible
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 09:28 PM | Grande Master
That's one of the most miserable looking pic I've seen, looks like jail aint no fun.  Seems like some double crossing went down.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 10:13 PM | Upcoming
Some people will sell their soul to get money
lets face it, why do people go any lenght just to make money
when at last you will not be happy and ur image tarnished
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 10:38 PM | Gistmaniac

Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 10:41 PM | Gistmaniac
money is definitely the root ov all evil..more money more problems......loook at their faces lol u cud tell dey not smiling seriousli smh!!!!!! kudos 2 dem
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 10:45 PM | Upcoming
I can't really say much on this..Coz most of these bankers do leave behind the key to the vault sometimes in the desk...God knows the truth and I hope we hear more update on this later.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 15-03-2011 11:48 PM | Newbie
corruptions don eat their bones, anyway no b armed only bank money dey stole .
Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 12:10 AM | Newbie

Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 02:18 AM | Addicted Hero
waco waco (m)
After working for a bank for 26yrs and 20 yrs respectively
they still went ahead to organise robbery(though allegation)
for a mere 11 million for how many people.
Highest they might get each 1s 2 or 3 million each.

This goes a long way to show that Union bank does not
pay its staff well at all!

Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 08:54 AM | Hero
See what happens to people with less income. They said they are not guilty, means the are not guilty.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 09:47 AM | Gistmaniac
love of money
Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 10:00 AM | Gistmaniac
Greed has caused them their jobs.After so many years in service,What a pity.
Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 10:20 AM | Upcoming
Those faces no even look like Bankers  Undecided

Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 10:29 AM | Hero
Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 11:02 AM | Newbie
waco waco (m)

Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 11:03 AM | Hero
where should we keep our hard earned money to be safe? this pple should not be allowed to go unpunished
Posted: (9 years ago) on 16-03-2011 11:20 AM | Gistmaniac
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