A security guard, Danjuma Abutu, 36, attached to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, GTB, Lagos has been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, on a three-count charge of breaking into the bank’s Automated Teller Machine, ATM, to steal N1 million.
The police at the Bar Beach Division, Victoria Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, alleged in the charge sheet that the accused was arrested following a complaint lodged by the management of the bank that he allegedly broke into their ATM to steal the sum of N1 million while on duty.
During interrogation, Abutu claimed that he was not the one that burgled the machine to steal the money. But when he was asked who must have broken into the machine to steal the money when he was the one on duty when the incident occurred, he could not give any satisfactory answer.
The offence, the prosecutor, Inspector Gbemileke Agoi, said, was punishable under sections 409, 307, 408 and 285(9)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
One of the charges reads: “That you, Danjuma Abutu and others at large, on 29 September, 2012, did neglect to prevent a felony as a security guard employed by the bank.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and the magistrate, Mr. J.A. Adigun admitted him on bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum with proof of tax payment to the Lagos State government.
He adjourned the matter till 9 November, 2012 for mention.
The defendant was, however, remanded at Ikoyi Prison when he could not perfect the bail conditions in good time.