There was a mild drama on Tuesday as a man identified as Sodirudeen Rufai attempted to set fire to the Guaranty Trust Bank building situated in the Oke-Ilewo Area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday.
Osun Defender gathered that the suspect who has been arrested, claimed he decided to raze the bank after his several complaints that an unauthorised N500,000 was debited from his account fell on deaf ears.
The man was to have been advised to allow the bank to follow its procedure in unravelling the circumstances behind the deduction by the Area Commander, Metro, Abeokuta when he reported the matter.
The matter, however, took a turn for the worse after the bank told him that he had been defrauded.
The suspect after receiving the news was said to have gone back to the bank with petrol and began to sprinkle it on the banking hall.
The medium learnt that Rufai was wrestled to the ground before he could use the lighter in his hand by some customers along with the bank security staff members.
The Chief Security Officer of the bank, Godwin James, handed the suspect to the Ibara Police Division.
The suspect was said to have claimed that he took the action to attract the attention of the necessary authorities about what the bank did with his money during interrogation.
Speaking with a journalist on Wednesday, the state police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, said Rufai would be charged with attempted suicide and murder.
Odutola said, “He was fighting a noble cause in an ignoble way. He has a right to make a complaint that his money is missing. But the way he went about it was wrong. We are going to hold him for an attempt to commit suicide with murder because if he had succeeded, he would have killed himself and every other person in the bank.”
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