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Nigerian Journalist Abdullahi Shuaibu Arrested for Bank Robbery in New York



Abdullahi Shuaibu. Photo via: New York Post

One Abdullahi Shuaibu, 53, a Nigerian who is a former staff the United Nations and currently a State Department-credentialed reporter for the PanAfrican News Agency has been arrested and charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery and by New York Police.

According to New York Post, Abdullahi is currently awaiting arraignment in a Manhattan Criminal Court.

He politely robs banks around the UN headquarters, adding that in each of two successful heists, he showed the teller a note that said, “Give me $5,000, Thank you.”

Shuaibu worked for the UN between October and November 2013 but no longer had credentials to enter the building, a UN spokesman told New York Post.

New York Post reports that Abdullahi allegedly plundered about $10,000 in cash during an Upper East Side crime spree that began February 27 and continued over three more Mondays.

Abdullahi also failed to rob two banks and was nabbed on Monday, following a failed robbery at the HSBC branch at Third Avenue and East 63rd Street.

According to the teller Rani Ahme, 50, Abdullahi was wearing a blazer when he walked up to her.

“I asked, ‘How can I help you?’ and he said, ‘Check it, check it,’ looking at the note, but he did not let go of the note,” she said.

Rani then went to the rear of the bank to let her boss know what was going on, that was when Abdullahi disappeared.

He was arrested outside the US Mission to the United Nations, where he’s been working out of the building’s Foreign Press Center.

One of the guards, a retired police officer, called the police after recognising Abdullahi from the surveillance photos a bank robbery circulated by NYPD in March.

“It wasn’t hard. He comes in and out of here every day,” the guard said.

According to sources, Shuaibu confessed following his arrest, admitting he spent all the stolen money paying bills.


  1. marlee

    April 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Oh, African leave their countries thinking life is all rosy in America or Europe. people stop fooling yourself. life there is even harder. just work hard and honestly where you are. but Nigerian are just worse, drugs, robbery, infecting people with HIV. you guys need to stop.

    • nnenne

      April 19, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      @marlee….You lost me when you mentioned HIV.
      I can’t believe how the west has rewritten the books. Africans are now the ones who invented HIV and infecting them? HIV cases now, initially found in Africa?
      Really? Where and when were the mystery cases ,that no one knew about till after the epidemic in the west,
      Please who infected who first,
      Is it because our health care system is not as reliable?
      Take Nigeria, for instance, when was the first case identified in Nigeria? Even with our polygamy, am sure all of us could have been dead before the world heard the world, HIV.

      My professor couldn’t have put it better, ” Whose voice is heard and whose voice is not heard.” Afterall, we don’t do much researches, or write scientific journals.
      It’s always the little fellow!

  2. Ghost

    April 19, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Reading the story seems the man he has some psychological issues. He could be mentally ill

  3. Amy

    April 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Oh shut up! @marlee

  4. marlee

    April 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    hi @Amy. how are you today sweetie. Are you finding life hard out there somewhere. pity you.

  5. neka

    April 19, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    He’s clearly got psychological problems. This just doesn’t add up. The full story on the New York Post says e paid his rent on-time and gave no trouble. Not that that signifies anything but definitely sounds like a psychological case to me.

  6. Professor x

    April 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    If you are going to rob a bank, don’t do it near your place of work!

  7. jopee

    April 20, 2017 at 1:30 am

    I don’t get how he robbed a teller without a gun. Kindly explain this, cos to me its like they gave him the money out of fillingness

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