Man arrested for ‘hiding in bank’s ceiling to steal’

A man, who allegedly sneaked into the ceiling of a commercial bank in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital, to steal, has been arrested.

It was alleged that the suspect, Idam Jeremiah, had planned to hide in the ceiling until the bank closed so that he would steal money.

A witness, who preferred anonymity, said the man pretended to be a customer to gain entrance to the bank.

“When he entered the bank, he pretended as if he wanted to use the toilet. After entering the toilet, he climbed into the ceiling,” the witness said.

It was gathered a cleaner in the bank noticed the slippers the man left in the toilet when he climbed into the ceiling, and stains on the wall.

“The cleaner alerted security men at the bank and one of them went into the ceiling to find out if someone was there. That was how we discovered someone hiding in the ceiling,” the source said.

The Nation learnt that after he was found in the ceiling, the management invited the police, but the man refused to come down until the police threatened to shoot him.

Command spokesman Nafiu Abubakar, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the incident to our reporter.

He said: “The matter is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department.”

- The Nation

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