Peter Oko a 29 year-old cleaner at the New Nyanya branch (Nasarawa state) of Diamond Bank has been arrested for stealing N5.675 million from the bank’s vault.
Confessing, he said he took the keys to the vault, stole the money and hid it in a carton, which he took home after the close of work.
“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.”
He said he stole the money without the knowledge of the bank workers, and that he had access to all the foreign currencies in the bank as he knew where they were kept.
He blamed the act on the harsh economy.
“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 said.