Corp member nabbed while attempting to break ATM, steal in Kogi


A National Youth Service Corps, NYSC member, identified as Aka-Jude Tersoo, has been arrested alongside an accomplice while attempting to break into and rob an Automatic Teller Machine, ATM, in Kogi State.

The suspect was caught with a locally made gun.

Tersoo was among the 36 suspects arrested in the last one week in the state.

The police also apprehended five persons said to be members of the Boko Haram sect were apprehended by the officers and men of the command.

Addressing journalists on arrested criminals yesterday in Lokoja, the Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, said that the culprit, Akah Jude Tersoo, who was posted to the state for the one-year national service, was caught alongside an accomplice, Godwin Idih, on April 26th around 2.30am.

Inalegwu said the arrested men were caught while attempting to break the ATM belonging to the EcoBank with digger and axe with the aim to rob the bank.


“My men who were on patrol duty noticed suspicious movement at EcoBank branch, Ganaja junction, Lokoja, and stopped to observe.

“On close examination, they saw two individuals who were later identified as Godwin Idih and Aka-jude Tersoo breaking the ATM with digger and axe.

“The police team promptly intercepted and arrested the suspects with the exhibits. But sadly, one of them is a serving corps member.”

Commending operatives of the command for their gallantly, Inalegwu said 15 notorious armed robbers were also arrested across the state in the week under review; while an additional eight persons were also arrested for being the receivers of stolen vehicles.

He listed other items recovered from the robbers as AK 47 rifles, live cartridges, charms, a cheque of N8.4m submitted by Abimaje Yakubu at First Bank Lokoja but belonging to the manager of Fava travels, Mr. Victor Edomwande.


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