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Kidnappers Forced Me to Use Bomb to Rob Bank – Suspected Jos Su!Cide Bomber Opens Up
Kidnappers Forced Me to Use Bomb to Rob Bank – Suspected Jos Su!Cide Bomber Opens Up

Kidnappers Forced Me to Use Bomb to Rob Bank.

    A young man who was arrested with a bomb at the Dadin Kowa branch of the Union Bank in Jos on Monday has opened up on the circumstances that led him to the ugly scenario.

    The suspect, identified as Benjamin Basil, a 17-year-old student who was paraded by the Plateau State Police Command on Tuesday, narrated that some suspected kidnappers forced him wear to explosive device to rob the bank of N100 million.

    While speaking with journalists whem he was paraded alongside other suspects, Basil who claimed to be a student of the Plateau State Polytechnic said:

    “My name is Benjamin Basil. I’m an ND 1 student at Plateau State Polytechnic studying Civil Engineering. I’m 17 years old and I reside opposite the Police Staff College in Jos.

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    “So yesterday (May 13) I was on my way to school around 9 am and I was kidnapped along the way near the police staff college.

    “They (kidnappers) instructed me to raise my shirts. When I asked them why I should raise my shirt, one of them told me that they would shoot me dead if I didn’t cooperate with them.

    “I raised my hands and after a while, they told me that what they just wrapped up my waist was a suicide bomb. They searched me and took my phone and money and after a while, they gave it back to me.

    “Thereafter, they told me that they would take me to the bank handed over two bags to me and instructed me to bring N100m.

    “They said they will be waiting for me at the gate of the bank and that if I don’t do it, they will just shoot me dead.

    “At this point, I wrote it down and they took advantage of the situation and that I should inform the bank cashier that I was wrapped with a suicide bomb and that 12 of their men were waiting outside with AK 47 to confront anyone in case the cashier calls for help.

    “The kidnappers then called a motorcyclist and paid him to convey me to the UBA branch at Dadinkowa. When I met the cashier inside the bank, he agreed that he wouldn’t call for help.

    “But suddenly, I noticed that everybody in the bank started running and I was scared as I thought that the kidnappers outside had started coming inside the bank. So, I ran outside and the bank security officials dragged me down,” he said.

    The Commissioner of Police in the State, Emmanuel Olugbenga, who paraded the bomb suspect alongside other criminal elements, however, told journalists that what was wrapped on Basil’s torso was later discovered not to be bomb explosives.

    “The case is currently under investigation at the state CID, to ascertain the validity of his claims and arrest possible suspects,” CP Olugbenga said, adding that the suspect would be charged to court upon completion of investigations.

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