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Bank robber UN officer, journalist arrested on Easter Monday

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Abdullahi Shuaibu - Facebook profile picture
Abdullahi Shuaibu – Facebook profile picture

A former News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) journalist who presently works with the United Nations in New York was arrested on Easter Monday over a string of New York bank robberies he committed while on his lunch break.

Kano State-born Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, was arrested at the UN offices in Manhattan April 17 when he returned to work after trying to rob a HSBC bank nearby.

At 53 and believed to be doing much better than many of his kinsmen back in Nigeria, you might wonder what could push a responsibly married man with a good job into bank robbery?

Could it be a huge debt? Could it be the high cost of substance use or alcohol addiction?

If you compare his heist, gangster-in-the-hood cover photo with his Facebook DP, there is an obvious roughness in the face and mien of Shuaibu. It may be from a costly lifestyle he recently picked up and he decided to finance it by robbing banks. He seems wizened from an abuse of sorts.

“If he is a full blooded northern Nigerian with a typically high libido, not being able to keep a harem of women might push him into expensive womanizing. And extra marital affairs can get pretty costly when you need to cover up your tracks” a journalist opined on one of the WhatsApp groups I belong too.

Another Nigerian journalist said: “Jail the idiot! Hardship is not an excuse for committing crime. He is a disgrace to our noble profession.” Well…

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Shuaibu, second left, with some friends and UN colleagues
Shuaibu, second left, with some friends and UN colleagues at Christmas time

The Shuaibu Facebook profile reads…

Police said Shuaibu opted to stay close to the UN headquarters when he allegedly robbed three banks in February and March and stole $10,000.

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Abdullahi Shuaibu
Kano-born Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53

Shuaibu was caught on his fourth heist after a retired UN worker recognized him from a wanted photo released by police.

Police claim Shuaibu would pass a note to the teller in the alleged robberies saying he had a gun and demanding cash, NBC reports.

Surveillance images released by police show Shuaibu talking on a cell phone and wearing white-tipped gloves while allegedly carrying out the robberies.

Police arrested him at the UN’s Foreign Press Centers on Monday.

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