Barely three full days after the jury of Criminal Court ‘D’ on December 2, convicted seven persons of attempting to rob Ecobank Branch, in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Segal Guard Service, Mr. Momo Cyrus, clarified that his security firm played a role in the arrest and conviction of the robbery suspects.
Segal Guard Service is a private security firm that is protecting most of Ecobank’s facilities in the country, especially in the rural areas.
Speaking to the Daily Observer on Wednesday, December 4, by mobile phone from the USA, Mr. Cyrus said, some of his guards cooperated with the robbers to enter the bank’s compound to prevent them (robbers) from fleeing the scene.
“We ran the operation to have the men arrested by allowing them to enter the bank’s facility.”
“Our collaboration with them was a hoax intended to get them arrested, we did not actually participate with them to rob the bank,” Cyrus further clarified.
“We even served as state witness during the trial, where we provided more information that caused the jury to bring down a guilty verdict against the defendants,” he added, “”our operation was successful.’”
Initially, when the convicted robbers took the witness stand in their own defense, each of them admitted that they collaborated with some of Segal’s security guards to enter the bank facility before they were subsequently arrested by officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP).
Narrating his strategy that led to the arrest of the convicts, Mr. Cyrus said, “When my men first got tipped off about the robbery, they contacted me and I instructed them to pretend to collaborate with them.”
“This is a new strategy that we have introduced to arrest bank’s robbers.”
According to him, this new strategy would provide a foundation for addressing the problem of bank robbery in the country.
”This strategy is drawn from a variety of experiences we have with bank robbers in the past.”
Reflecting on a similar Ecobank robbery in Grand Bassa County, where two Segal guards were shot and wounded, Mr. Cyrus said, “After that incident, we decided to find a new strategy where we could tackle robbers without them escaping from the scene.”