Abdullahi Shuaibu, described by the New York
Police department as an employee of the United
Nations was arrested for robbing four Manhattan
banks, all during his lunch hour.
Shuaibu, 53, a journalist and former staff of the
News Agency of Nigeria was picked up by police
on Monday and charged with robbery and attempted
robbery for the crimes committed during his two-
All four banks are within walking distance of UN
headquarters on First Ave. near E. 42nd St., where
the Nigerian worked. Authorities were led to the
suspect after a retired police officer who works at
the UN recognised him from a surveillance image
previously released by the police.
In the first
incident, Shuaibu walked into a Santander Bank on
Madison Ave. near E. 43rd St. on Feb. 27 and told
the teller he had a gun. The bank employee
complied and handed him an unknown sum of
money. He hit two more banks in March, first
striking out at a Bank of America on Third Ave. near
E. 47th St. on the 13th. He was also successful in
robbing a Santander Bank on Third Ave. and E. 63rd
St. on the 27th.
During the most recent incident on
Monday, Shuaibu walked into an HSBC on Third
Ave. and E. 40th St. around 2:30 p.m. and passed
a note demanding cash to the teller. The teller did
not read the note and asked him for identification.
He, however, instructed the teller to read the note,
keeping his hand in his jacket pocket while
simulating a gun, police said. Police arrested him
later in the day when he returned to the UN.
Shuaibu was an employee of the News Agency of
Nigeria and served as its UN correspondent
between 2006 and 2009.
The agency, however,
terminated his appointment in April 2013 following
his refusal to resume work in Nigeria at the
expiration of duty tour and extended period which
he requested to enable him complete an academic
programme. The termination of appointment was
formally conveyed to the UN. A UN spokesman
Stephane Dujarric denied that Shuaibu was a staff of
He told NAN in New York that the
suspect was also not accredited to the UN after
NAN withdrew his accreditation. Dujarric also said
that the suspect only worked as a contract staff for
three months in Darfur and his contract was
terminated in 2012. However, Shuaibu on his
LinkedIn page, describes himself as a
“communications specialist at United Nations”.
Shuaibu attended Ahmadu Bello University between
1980 and 1985, where he studied International