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Corps member arrested for breaking into bank ATM



By Adeniyi Olakunle

Police in Kogi have arrested a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, Aka-Jude Tersoo for breaking into the ATM platform of the Lokoja branch of the Eco Bank Plc.

A statement issued on Tuesday in Lokoja by the state police command said that Tersoo was arrested at about 2:30 am while breaking the ATM machine along with another suspect,, Godwin Idih.

The statement which detailed achievements of the police command in March and April said that Tersoo and Idih were caught in the act by a police patrol team on duty which promptly arrested them on April 26.

The statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP William Aya said items recovered from the suspects include a digger, axe and one iron pipe.


Others are six ATM cards of different banks belonging to individuals.

The statement said that police also arrested one Abimaje Yakubu while attempting to collect N8.4 million with a cloned cheque across the counter of one of the commercial banks in Lokoja.

Police said that the suspect who hailed from Abocho, Dekina Local Government, had approached the bank with the aim of collecting of collecting the money from the account of one Mr Victor Edomwande, of FAVA Travels, Ikoyi, Lagos.

When contacted , the account owner denied issuing the cheque and the suspect was promptly arrested by the bank and later handed over to the police.

In another development , police command said it had recovered eight vehicles believed to have been stolen from within and neighboring states by one Yakubu Mohammed who is now at large.


According to the statement, the vehicles were recovered from their buyers who live in different parts of the state.

The details of the recovered vehicles are a Toyota Carina with registration number Kogi AJK 397 AA, a Toyota Camry, Lagos, EKY 47 AW, Toyota Corolla, Benue AY 58 MKD, Toyota Ballon, Benue, AU 503 MKD and Toyota Ballon, Lagos GGE 850 BV.

Other are Toyota Carina, Kaduna 903 ZAR, Toyota Carina wagon, FCT KWL 47 AW and three other Toyota Camry and Carina cars without plate numbers.

Six persons believed to be buyers of the stolen vehicles have also been arrested by police, the statement said. It said efforts are being made to track down Yakubu Mohammed , the main suspect.

Aya in the statement said that the command also arrested Ibrahim Taiwo and Owolabi Kayode for crude oil theft in Kabba area.


He said that the two suspects were intercepted while trying to escape with 33,000 liters of crude oil suspected to have been siphoned into a truck from burst oil pipeline.

The statement said that the truck with registration number Lagos KTU 338 XK was impounded by the police while N195,000 cash was found on the suspects.

Police in the statement said that 18 robbery suspects and two burglars were arrested within the same period.
It said that the items recovered from the suspects include two AK47 rifles, one locally made pistol, charms, live and expended cartridges and 27 rounds of live ammunitions.

Aya said that all the suspects will be charged to court very soon.

The police attributed the success recorded to the determination of men and officers to the state of criminals and also thanked the residents for their support in the area of supplying of useful information to the police.

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