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Police parade 17-year-old suspected bomber for invading bank, demanding N100m in Jos

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… bomb is fake – Police

The Plateau State Police Command has paraded a 17-year-old student of Civil Engineering of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi Heipang, Benjamin Basil, who on Monday entered a banking hall with suspected explosive device tied around his body.

The suspect handed a note to the cashier demanding N100 million, with a threat to detonate the explosives if his request was not granted.

Benjamin entered the old generation bank with the suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at its Dadin Kowa branch in Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

Plateau State Commissioner of Police, CP Emmanuel Adesina, while briefing journalists in Jos Tuesday, said that after an investigation by experts, it was discovered that it wasn’t a bomb as speculated, but was a case of trying to robbed the bank.

“On May 13, 2024, at about 12pm, we received a distress call from UBA Sparkling Junction, Dadin Kowa, reporting a suspected armed robber who had entered the banking hall with suspected explosive devices tied around his body, and handed over a note to the cashier demanding for the sum of N100 Million under the threat that the explosives would be detonated if his request is not granted.

“The bank attendant immediately reported to the manager of the bank who swiftly reported to the Police at Rantya division and evacuated the customers from the bank.

“On sighting the Police vehicle, the suspect panicked and started running out of the bank. In the process, our Police officers posted at the bank saw him running and pursued him with the help of youths in the area, the suspect was arrested. His name is Benjamin Basil, male, a student of Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi Heipang Campus.

“The case is currently under investigation at the state CID, to ascertain the validity of his claims and arrest possible suspects.

A staff of the bank, who doesn’t want his name mentioned, confirmed the incident to our correspondent Tuesday, stressing that the incident occurred when staff of the bank were attending to customers.

 

 

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