Bishop of Anglican Communion, Akure Diocese in Ondo State, Right Reverend Simeon Oluwole Borokini has said he suspects bank officials have a hand in the robbery and murder of the church’s bursar on Thursday.
The Cleric disclosed his worries to Saharanews, “Don’t forget that a few months ago, one of our priests went to collect money from the bank and he was trailed to the school and the money was stolen from him. We suspect some of the people who work in these banks, and we think there is a form of networking between them. These bank officials should be warned.”
The cleric expressing sadness at the loss, narrating how that faithful day began, “It is sad and very unfortunate that we lost the Diocesan Bursar and we both reported to the office this morning around 8am. There are some funds that needed to be paid in cash and we didn’t want to use cheques for the payment. So, he had to visit the bank to cash it. It was after cashing the money that they trailed him from the bank to the office, and he was killed here. The man was dutiful and committed to his duty. He was planning to retire next year. Sadly, his death is a big loss to the diocese.”
Borokini Called on security agents in Ondo State to fish out Abiodun’s killers, “I do hope the security agencies will try their best to track these bandits, because it seems they have formed themselves into a gang. The security men should intensify efforts to arrest the perpetrators, and also make sure their network is effective around the banks, because the robbers hang around the bank.”
He thanked security officers for the quick response, adding that they came on time but the bandits had already escaped before their arrival.
Gabriel Abiodun was 60-year-old and the Bursar of the Akure Anglican Diocese, in Ondo state before his demise on Thursday morning while discharging his duties.
Abiodun was killed by men suspected robbers, shortly after cashing a sum of N500,000 at a new-generation bank.
Meanwhile, an eyewitness told Saharanews that Abiodun was trailed from the bank by gunmen to the diocese in Alagbaka axis of the state capital, where the money was collected and he was shot dead.
The witness narrated that “The man (bursar) had just returned from one of the new generation banks where he had gone to withdraw some funds, which we learnt was probably meant for retirees. The money was about N500,000. He was shot in the thigh.
“I think the armed robbers attacked him, collected the money, before they escaped from the premises. By the time we came out of the building, there were blood stains everywhere on the floor. It’s a very sad thing.” He said.
In another development, the spokesperson of the Ondo Police Command, Femi Joseph has confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.
He said, “yes, it is true the man was shot, but we are now investigating the case and his body has been evacuated.”
However, Security in the area has been tightened up and unauthorized entry into the scene is restricted.