29 year-old Peter Oko, a cleaner,has explained how he stole stole N5.675 million from the New Nyanya branch of Diamond Bank, where he worked by stealing the keys to the vault, stole the money and hid it in a carton, which he took home after the close of work.
The cleaner told Northern City News at the Nasarawa State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Lafia that he carried out the stealing alone, saying, “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.”
Oko claimed that the economic situation for his action, stating that he had never been involved in a criminal act before.
“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 added.
The suspect said he stole the money without the knowledge of the bank workers, adding that he had access to all the foreign currencies in the bank as he knew where they were kept.
“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,”he said.
The money has been recovered by the police, and according to police report, the suspect had been charged to court.