Peter Oko, a cleaner at Diamond Bank who has been arrested for stealing N5.675 million from the Nyanya branch of the bank in Nasarawa State, said it was the ‘devil of recession’ that pushed him into the act.
In his confession statement, Oko said he stole the keys, stole the money and hid it in a carton which he took home.
“As a cleaner, I knew where all the keys were kept. I single-handedly carried out the operation because I have been working as a cleaner in the bank for the past 10 years and my eyes had been on one of the keys to the vault, where the bank used to keep all its money.
“As a cleaner, my attention was not only on the keys, but on how I will carry out the operation successfully without being caught by either the security or any staff of the bank.
“As a cleaner, I knew where all the secret files were kept and where the bank kept its keys where you can have access to dollars, Nigerian currency and all other currencies.”
The Diamond bank staff added that it was the devil of economy recession that pushed him into the act.
“The devil of economy recession pushed me into the crime; I have never committed a criminal act before, luck ran out on me and I was caught in the process,” he stated.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Bello said the crime has been transferred from Karu Divisional Police Headquarters to the SCIID for further investigations.
A staff of the bank was recently arraigned in a Federal High Court, Abuja, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a three-count charge of money laundering, false declaration of assets and fraud to the tune of one million dollars.
Babatunde Faro, a Diamond bank staff was arraigned alongside his accomplice Sada Adamu. Adamu was alleged to have made a cash payment of the said sum exceeding the N5 million threshold stipulated by law, to Faro.
The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.