Offa robbery: Police nab 12, recover victims' phones, others

Offa robbery: Police nab 12, recover victims' phones, others

THE high-powered police investigation team deployed in synergy with the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department to unravel the Offa bank robbery in Kwara State have arrested the nine armed robbers directly involved in the act and attack on a police station.

Also, a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, Architect Lola Ashiru, has presented cash donations to some victims of Offa robbery attack who are receiving treatment in hospital.

Aregbesola who also visited the Divisional Police Headquarters attacked by the robbers during incident assured that efforts were in top gear to forestall future occurrence and bring the hoodlums to justice.

"These three (3) suspects in whose possession another Beretta pistol and Fourteen (14) rounds of live ammunitions were recovered were arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery".

Others were Azeez Salawudeen, 20; Adewale Popoola, 22; Adetoyese Muftau, 23; and the trio of Aminu Ibrahim, 18; Richard Terry, 23; and Peter Kuunfa, 25; who were apprehended in Ilorin. A Barrette pistol and six rounds of live ammunition was recovered from him.

"Azeez Abdullahi 27yrs Native of Offa Kwara State, Gang member from whom a Victim's Phone and SIM Cards were recovered. He was released from prison in December 2017".

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National police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood told reporters in Abuja, the country's capital, that the suspects had admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the robbery.

Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, recently ordered the deployment of three units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), high powered police investigation team and Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) to Kwara.

One of the criminals, Jimoh Isa, a 28y year old native of native of Okene Local Government Area, Kogi State was at large and arrested in Lagos on Wednesday, 11th April, 2018.

Also, the Chairman, Kwara Coalition of Business and Professional Association, Chief Hezekiah Adedeji, has said the recent attack was a setback for business and banking operations in the state.

This is just as commercial activities have resumed in the town one week after the attack, as one of the affected banks was already installing new ATM machines to replace those destroyed by the hoodlums.

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