Some young men in Bayelsa wanted to reap where they did not sow, but their plan was foiled.

Two men suspected to be robbers, who steal from persons after withdrawals, were recently arrested by the Bayelsa State Police Command. 

It was a sunny day and business owners around Amarata were busy while customers of a commercial bank in that area, walked in and out of the premises. 

The security guards manning the gate of the bank were alert yet not seeing the antics of the men of the underworld.

They could not notice anything unusual but, the bank manager with the help of a Close Circuit Television (CCT), saw three young men loitering by the gate.

These robbers usually disguise as customers, queue at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) point or even walk into the banking hall and monitor their target while he or she makes transactions.

The manager quickly alerted men of the Nigeria Police Force, Bayelsa State Command and the bank security personnel.

The security agents mobilised and subsequently, two of the robbers were apprehended, frisked and pistols were recovered from them.

One of them escaped while the two that were apprehended are currently cooling off in police cell in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.

Akpan Ekpo, is one of the bank security officers and he said they saw customers go into the banking hall while others make use of the ATM machines within the premises.

"We did not notice that armed robbers were around until our boss alerted us.

"This is the second time our customers have been targeted by these thieves that have continued to terrorise innocent residents.

"Few months ago, a Bureau De Change officer was shot along this area," he told Bounce News. 

The spokesman for the police in the state, Mr Asinim Butswat, confirmed the arrest of two armed robbers within Amarata axis.

"They positioned themselves beside a commercial bank with the intention of robbing customers leaving the bank," he said. 

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Mr Butswat attributed the increasing activities of criminals in Bayelsa to the growth in population of the State and the development, saying that the more it developed, the more criminal elements carry out crime.

"In September alone, we arrested so many hoodlums and recovered so many locally made pistols, mobile phones and other valuables," he explained.

He, however, appealed to residents to always cooperate with the police by making useful information about suspicious characters available.

A bank customer, who would not want his name mentioned, advised bank users to be extra vigilant when they are withdrawing cash and leaving the bank premises. 

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