Peter Oko, 29, was arrested in Nasarawa State, for stealing N5.675m from the New Nyanya branch of Diamond Bank, where he worked. He revealed that 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.
While speaking with Punch Nigeria, he said: “As a cleaner, I knew where all the keys were kept. 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.
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. I knew where all the secret files were kept and where the bank kept its keys where you can have access to dollars, Nigerian currency and all other currencies.
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.”