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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

2 ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY AT GT BANK

A security source who spoke to The Standard on condition of anonymity disclosed: “There was a bank robbery at the Guaranty Trust Bank branch in Bakau. The chief suspect, Ansumana Jarju, is a customer of the bank and believed to have made away with at least D200,000. He asked the lady cashier to hand over nylon bags of money to him at gun point after which he hurriedly left the bank. The lady raised the alarm and the Police Intervention Unit were called who promptly dispatched personnel. The driver of the suspected getaway car was caught in the vicinity of the Fajara golf course trying to change the number plate of his car. Upon apprehension, he led the police to the house of Mr Jarju in Kerr Sering and he was arrested and taken to the police station for interrogation.”

Contacted for comments, police spokesman ASP David Kujabi said: “I do not have any details about the case. I was also called and informed about it but not given any details. We were supposed to hold a press conference with the media on it but the case has been transferred to the National Intelligence Agency and you know I cannot say anything about that.”

Meanwhile, it is not confirmed whether Mr Jarju used a real or an imitation gun for the broad daylight hold-up. We could not also verify the exact amount of cash he fled with and whether it has all been recovered.

No one was available for immediate comment from the bank. However, a staff of the branch reassured that although, they were “a little shaken” by the incident, they “were alright”. 

Business at the branch had since resumed with no visible sign of the Friday afternoon heist.

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