Offa Robbery: Absence Of Witnesses Stalls Suspects’ Trial

Justice Halimah Salman of the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin has adjourned the trial of five Offa Bank robbery suspects due to the absence of witnesses and exhibits by police to prosecute the case.

The Director of Public Prosecution, Jimoh Mumini, while addressing the court on Monday said all the witnesses in the robbery case are policemen who investigated the case and they are all from the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

“No witness was taken from Offa where the robbery took place and none from Kwara State,” he said.

Mumini explained that all efforts to get the AIG David Igbodo and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, to produce witnesses in court proved abortive.

“On the 10th of December 2018, I wrote a letter to the AIG, Mr Igodo, which I copied to this honourable court to make available all witnesses in this case in court today.

“I  followed it up with phone calls on January 2, 4 and 6, 2019. It was at about 8.07 pm yesterday (Sunday) that Abba Kyari, DCP told me that the witnesses will leave Abuja for Ilorin this morning. I told him that the court would sit at 9am. The AIG then told me to beg the court for short adjournment,” he said.

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He, therefore, asked for adjournment which was not opposed by the defense counsel, Mathias Emeribe.

The judge while ruling vacated the order of definite hearing earlier given on November 13, and adjourned till January 18.

Mumini in an interview told journalists that there is no ambiguity in the case. “We are prepared, the Ministry of Justice is prepared. The case is clear, there is no ambiguity about this case,” he said.

The defense counsel however said that he is disappointed over non-availability of the witnesses.

“I am disappointed. We are hopeful that they will do the needful on the 18th and come up with witnesses. Infact, I am supposed to have the evidence before that day, so that I will have the opportunity to prepare properly for the accused persons,” he said.

The suspects are accused of robbing banks and killing many people in Offa local government area of Kwara State in April, 2018.

Offa Bank Robbery: Five Suspects Plead Not Guilty To Charges

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Five of the suspects involved in the robbery of several banks in Offa, Kwara State on April 5, 2018, have pleaded not guilty to all the charges levied against them.

The suspects who were arraigned at the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, on Friday, pleaded not guilty to five counts of conspiracy, robbery, illegal possession of two AK- 47 firearms and culpable homicide.

Their lawyer, Mr Mathias Abaribe had asked that he be given a week to enable him meet with his clients and prepare for their defence, but the prosecutor raised objections to the request.


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The Presiding Judge, Justice Halimah Salma has, however, adjourned the case till January 7, 2019, for the commencement of definite trial.

This development comes days after the Police confirmed the death of one of the principal suspects in the case, Michael Adikwu.

The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Kamaldeen Ajibade, had told the court that the police informed him that Adikwu had died in custody.

Shortly after, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki asked the Presidency to institute a judicial inquiry into the ‘how and when’ the suspect died.

The Police, however, stated that the death would not vindicate Saraki who had been indicted in the case after the suspects claimed that the group was sponsored by him.

They had alleged that he gave them “firearms, money and vehicles”.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, was also indicted.

But Saraki maintained that the disclosure by the police vindicated his earlier claim that the suspect had been murdered in their custody and that the case was politically motivated to implicate him, Governor Abdul-Fatai Ahmed and a few others.

On its part, the police insisted that the arrest of the robbery suspects was not politically motivated but was purely a criminal case.

Kwara Gov’s Aide Files Contempt Of Court Proceedings Against IGP

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Olalekan Alabi, an aide to the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Monday filed an application before a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin, seeking to commence committal proceedings against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, for contempt of court.

Alabi approached the court through his counsel, Adebayo Adelodun (SAN), to effect the service of Form 49, which is a notice of committal to prison on the IGP for disobeying court order directing his release from police custody.

The service of Form 49 on the IGP means that he will be summoned by the court to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for having disobeyed the order of court to release Alabi.

Alabi has been in police custody in Abuja since May 30, 2018, following his arrest over his alleged link with Offa bank robbery suspects.

Subsequently, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Kwara State High Court granted him an interim bail after declaring that his continued detention by the police was illegal and unjustifiable.

While granting him the bail in the sum of N20million with two reliable sureties in like sum, Justice A.I. Yusuf also held that the police had failed to justify why they kept the governor’s aide in detention for over two months, despite perfecting his bail conditions.

Thereafter, the court on August 14, issued a Form 48 to the IGP, which is an initiation of the contempt proceeding.

It stated, “Take notice that unless you obey the directions contained in the order of the High Court of Justice of Kwara State delivered on August 1, 2018, you will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.”

According to Alabi, the IGP failed to respond to the notice which prompted him (Alabi) to approach the court to serve him (the IGP) a Form 49.

Saraki Must Honour Our Invitation Or Be Forced To – Police

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Senate President Bukola Saraki                                          Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

 

The Police have insisted that the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, must honour their invitation for questioning about the Offa bank robbery or be forced to do so.

“If the Senate President refuses to honor the invitation, police would not hesitate to use all the instruments of the law to ensure compliance with the law,” the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The police also denied deploying personnel to the resident of the Senate President on Tuesday morning.

“The Nigeria Police Force’s attention was also drawn to the innuendos in the early hours of today (Tuesday) that some policemen were seen surrounding the residence of the Senate President; the Force wishes to categorically state that there was no authorised deployment of police personnel to besiege the residence of the Senate President or his deputy as reported in the media,” Moshood said.

“The police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President and others attached to him.”

The police had issued a statement on Monday, asking the Senate President to report to the head of the investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team Office in Asokoro Extension Abuja, at 8 am on Tuesday.

According to the police, Dr Saraki was needed for “further investigation on his indictment from confessional statements from some of the five gang leaders arrested for their active participation in the Offa bank robbery”.

More than 31 persons were killed in the robbery which occurred on April 5, 2018.


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However, the Senate President, who had previously denied having anything to do with the robbery, restated his position in a statement hours later.

Apart from insisting he had nothing to do with the robbery, he accused the police of politicising their investigation.

“The police have obviously corrupted and politicised their investigations into the Offa robbery incident,” he alleged shortly after the news of his invitation broke, he was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu.

“They have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, witch-hunt issue for blackmailing people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambition, and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections.”

On Tuesday morning, there was heavy security presence at the home of the Deputy Senate President, while a bus filled with security personnel was spotted at the home of the Senate President when it was visited.

The Senate President told his colleagues, when he eventually arrived at the National Assembly and was presiding over plenary, that the security personnel prevented movement to and from his residence and that of his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Although the police denied deploying personnel to the residences of the Senate President and his deputy, it said the “episode” will be investigated.

“The Inspector General of Police has directed a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts in the episode,” it said, adding, “The Force will not allow the end of justice to be perverted by this distraction.”

Two More Offa Bank Robbery Suspects Have Indicted Saraki – Police

 

The Nigeria Police Force has said that two more suspects involved in the bank robbery which took place in Offa, a town in Kwara state, have indicted the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said this while addressing journalists, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

According to him, the two suspects confessed to being political thugs for the Senate President.

They also claimed to have accompanied Senator Saraki to the palace of the traditional ruler of Offa, Olofa of Offa on a condolence visit after the robbery which took place on April 5.

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This comes just days after Saraki had earlier been indicted by five of the Offa bank robbery suspects who confessed to the crime on Sunday.

The five gang leaders claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Moshood on Wednesday added that Saraki was further indicted as the five gang leaders paraded on Sunday celebrated with Senator Saraki during his daughter’s wedding and they appeared in the same outfit (Aso Ebi) with the wife of the Senate President.

The suspected gang leaders of Offa bank robbery suspects paraded by the police in Abuja on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

 

The gang leader, Ayoade Akinnibosun, however, insists that they are only political thugs to the Senate President and that he had no knowledge that they perpetrated the criminal act.

The Senate President, however, denied the allegations. He said on Sunday that he has no link with criminals. He also described the allegations as ‘baseless’ and “another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means.”

The Offa robbery attack which occurred on April 5, 2018, has since left a lingering sour taste. According to the police, 33 persons including some pregnant women and nine police officers were killed in the attack. The police force has however promised that they will not be intimidated in the discharge of their duties.

Offa Bank Robbery: Saraki Sends ADC To Pick Up Police Invitation

Senate President Bukola Saraki

 

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday, said he sent his Aide-De-Camp (ADC) to pick up a police invitation in respect of the allegations raised against him over the bank robbery that took place in Offa, a town in Kwara State.

The Police had on Sunday invited Saraki after some of the suspects who confessed to the crime indicted him.

Five gang leaders had claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

 

 

But in a statement released hours later by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President described the allegations as “baseless” and “another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means”.

According to him, when the incident happened, he was the first top public official to pay a visit to the place after which he also put a call through to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to make the necessary security arrangements.

He said, “Let it be known that there is no way I could have been associated with armed robbery against my people. When the Offa robbery incident happened, I was the first top public official to pay a visit to the place and right there in the palace of the traditional ruler, I put a call through to this same Mr Ibrahim Idris, the IGP, requesting him to make certain specific security arrangements as demanded by the people.

“Members of the public will remember that on May 16, 2018, I alerted the Senate about the information passed on to me by my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed, over a plot by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to frame me up by getting some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin to implicate me.

“It is believed that the timely leakage of the plot, in that case, aborted the use of the suspected cultists to implicate me. Now, it is the Offa bank robbery suspects that are about to be used”.

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Speaking further, Saraki said the development was part of plans to embarrass him after the IGP had failed to honour invitations by the National Assembly over the killings across the country.

He, however, insisted that he had no hand in the case but will honour the police invitation when it is formally extended to him.

“This plot is concocted to embarrass me and, in the mind of the IGP, it is his own response after his refusal to honour the invitation by the National Assembly, headed by me, for him to come and offer explanations on the rampant killings and violence across the country.

“Like the earlier one, this frame-up will also fail as I hereby state categorically that I have no link with any band of criminals.

“As a person who has utmost respect for the rule of law and all constitutional institutions, when the invitation from the Police is formally extended to me, I will be ready to honour it without any delay,” he said earlier.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was also named by the police as being involved in the incident, has denied sponsoring, funding and supporting political thuggery.

Offa Bank Robbery: I have No Link With Criminals, Saraki Replies Police

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has denied having any connection with the robbery that took place in Offa, a town in Kwara State.

Earlier on Sunday, the police had summoned Saraki after some of the suspects who confessed to the crime, had indicted him.

Five gang leaders had claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, hence the invite.

But in a statement released hours later by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President described the allegations as “baseless” and “another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means”.

According to him, when the incident happened, he was the first top public official to pay a visit to the place after which he also put a call through to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to make the necessary security arrangements.

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He said, “Let it be known that there is no way I could have been associated with armed robbery against my people. When the Offa robbery incident happened, I was the first top public official to pay a visit to the place and right there in the palace of the traditional ruler, I put a call through to this same Mr Ibrahim Idris, the IGP, requesting him to make certain specific security arrangements as demanded by the people.

“Members of the public will remember that on May 16, 2018, I alerted the Senate about the information passed on to me by my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed, over a plot by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to frame me up by getting some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin to implicate me.

“It is believed that the timely leakage of the plot, in that case, aborted the use of the suspected cultists to implicate me. Now, it is the Offa bank robbery suspects that are about to be used”.

Speaking further, Saraki said the development was part of plans to embarrass him after the IGP had failed to honour invitations by the National Assembly over the killings across the country.

He, however, insisted that he had no hand in the case but will honour the police invitation when it is formally extended to him.

“This plot is concocted to embarrass me and, in the mind of the IGP, it is his own response after his refusal to honour the invitation by the National Assembly, headed by me, for him to come and offer explanations on the rampant killings and violence across the country.

“Like the earlier one, this frame-up will also fail as I hereby state categorically that I have no link with any band of criminals.

“As a person who has utmost respect for the rule of law and all constitutional institutions, when the invitation from the Police is formally extended to me, I will be ready to honour it without any delay.

“It is however sad that this abuse of the criminal investigation process aimed at intimidating and over-overawing the legislature, thereby obstructing it from doing its work, is a big threat to our democracy,” the Senate President stated.

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was also named by the police as being involved in the incident, has denied sponsoring, funding and supporting political thuggery.

Offa Bank Robbery: Police Parade Suspects In Abuja

 

The Police have paraded some suspects alleged to have been involved in a robbery incident that occurred in Offa, a town in Kwara State.

The suspects were paraded in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Sunday, some of whom were spotted with bandages on their feet.

 

Also, on Sunday, the police invited Senate President Bukola Saraki after he was indicted by five of the suspects who confessed to the crime.

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According to the police, the five gang leaders had claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Police Invite Saraki Over Offa Bank Robbery

 

Senate President Bukola Saraki has been invited by the Nigeria Police force in connection with the bank robbery, which recently occurred, in Offa, Kwara State.

This was after he was indicted by five of the suspects who confessed to the crime.

The five gang leaders had claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The Force Spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Sunday, said the bank robbery led to the death of 33 persons including some pregnant women and nice police officers.

“The Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki is being invited by the Nigeria Police Force to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape, Abuja to answer to the allegations levelled against him from the confessions of the Five (5) Gang Leaders and some of the other 17 suspects arrested for direct involvement and active participation in the Offa Bank Robbery and the gruesome killing of 33 innocent persons which includes some pregnant women and nine Police personnel,” the police statement read in part.

Also according to the police, the five gang leaders further confessed that they are political thugs under the name Youth Liberation Movement a.k.a “Good Boys” and were sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate President Saraki and Governor Ahmed.

 

 

The police said other suspects were arrested after the arrest of two principal suspects.

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The police added that a Lexus jeep GX-300 (Ash Colour) with a sticker number plate with inscription  “SARAKI” “Kwara, State of Harmony” was used by the gang leader during the bank robbery.

Moshood in the statement revealed that the sticker number plate with inscription “SARAKI” “Kwara, State of Harmony,” was however removed and another plate number (Reg. No. Kwara, KMA 143 RM) registered in the name of Ayoade AKinnibosun the alleged overall commander of the Offa bank robbery was then attached to the vehicle to cover up the identity of the said vehicle.

The police said the vehicle was eventually recovered from the premises of the Ministry of Environmental and Forestry in Ilorin, Kwara State while the sticker number plate with inscription “SARAKI” “Kwara, State of Harmony” removed from the vehicle was recovered from one Adeola Omiyale who drove the Lexus Jeep to Government House in Ilorin, immediately after the bank robbery.

Saraki had earlier raised an alarm over an alleged plot by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to implicate him and the Kwara State Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed

The Senate President on Wednesday, May 16, said the Kwara State Governor, informed him that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with the prosecution about to commence under the state law had been ordered to be transferred to Abuja.

The police in reaction dismissed Saraki’s allegation noting that it is misleading and was an attempt to obstruct justice and the police investigation.

Governor Ahmed Denies Sponsoring Offa Bank Robbers, Rejects Police Indictment


Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has denied police allegations of sponsoring, funding and supporting political thuggery.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, the Governor described the allegations as false.

He also rejected his alleged indictment by the police and the suspects involved in the Offa bank robbery, who are currently in custody.

The statement read in part: “Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed denies the allegations of supporting political thuggery or any other acts of criminality as alleged by the Nigeria Police or the suspects allegedly arrested in connection with the tragic Offa robbery.

“Neither has he at any time funded or provided arms to any individual or group in the state or anywhere in the country”.

Furthermore, the Governor affirmed that while the state government has empowered several youth groups under its acclaimed Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) scheme, neither he nor the state government can be held liable for how beneficiaries utilize the credit.

He, therefore, urged the police to complete their investigations and charge the suspects to court soon in line with the dictates of the rule of law.

Akorede said, “To set the records straight, the Kwara State Government has a well-known empowerment scheme under the Small And Medium Enterprises platform which is used to move women and youths groups into entrepreneurship.

“Consequently, several youth and women groups have benefitted from the scheme to date. However, at no point did the Kwara State government directly provide funds to any group known as Good Boys for any purpose.

Similarly, if any of the beneficiaries chose to use the SME credit secured from the government to purchase a vehicle which was then alleged to have been used for an act of criminality, the Kwara State Governor and indeed the state government cannot be held liable for such actions since neither had prior knowledge of such intentions on beneficiaries’ part”.

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The statement came shortly after Senate President Bukola Saraki was invited by the Nigeria Police force also in connection with the bank robbery.

A statement released earlier by the Force Spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, today (Sunday), said five of the suspects who confessed to the crime had claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and Governor Ahmed.

Also according to the police, the five gang leaders further confessed that they were operating under the name Youth Liberation Movement a.k.a “Good Boys” and were sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate President and Governor Ahmed.

A tale of sorrow, tears and blood..

About 30 robbers had hit the town on April 5, 2108, raiding five commercial banks around Owode Market, an area in Offa Local Government Area of the state.

According to the police, over 33 innocent persons were killed and several others injured after the attack which lasted for hours.

Some of those killed included some pregnant women and nine police personnel.

The robbers were also said to have made away with several millions of naira from the banks.

Days after the incident, the Kwara State Government placed a N5million bounty on the suspects behind the robbery.

According to Akorede, the Governor was deeply saddened by the incident and therefore, said that the money would be offered to anyone who could provide information that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.

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Also, shortly after, the Senate President visited Offa town to condole with the traditional ruler and the people over the unfortunate incident.

Offa Bank Robbers Won’t Go Unpunished – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, on Sunday, in Kwara State vowed that the perpetrators of the armed robbery in Offa Local Government area of the state will be brought to book.

Several people were killed with many others injured last week Thursday when armed robbers raided five commercial banks along the Owode Market Area of the town. The armed robbers broke bank vaults and made away with several millions of naira but seven suspects linked to the robbery were later arrested by the police on Saturday.

The Minister, during his visit, condoled with families of the victims of the attack and the Nigeria Police force which lost some of its officers.

“What happened was quite unfortunate, but I can assure you that none of them will go unpunished. The team sent by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is already in town and they are going to ensure that they trace all the criminals.

“We condole with them (the victims) on the very unfortunate incident. We give them assurance that the Federal Government will continue to do its best to ensure the sanctity, security of lives and property.

“We sympathise and condole not just with the people of Offa but also the police who lost about nine gallant officers,” he said.

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Mohammed, however, asked members of the public to be prompt in helping security agents with information about people suspected to be criminals. He said the bank robbery is a wakeup call.

“It is a very sad occasion, but it is also a wakeup call. We are all going to learn from the incident, both the public and government. These criminals are not ghosts, they live among us, it will help the police if timely information is given about criminals and people whose movement are suspicious.”

The traditional ruler in the state, Oloffa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, while receiving the Minister asked for more armoured personnel carriers and increased effort in community policing.

The monarch said the increased presence of mobile policemen will curb crime, noting that the number of policemen in the state is inadequate.

Police Arrest Seven Suspects Linked To Offa Robbery, Confirm 17 Dead  

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The police in Kwara State on Saturday said seven suspects linked to the bank robbery in Offa Local Government Area of the state have been arrested.

The armed robbers had on Thursday unleashed mayhem on the town, raiding five commercial banks along the Owode Market Area. The armed robbers were said to have broke bank vaults and made away with several millions of naira. Many, including police officers, were killed and others injured in the attack, leaving behind a tale of sorrow, tears and blood.

Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Ado, told journalists on Saturday morning that 17 persons were killed during the robbery attack. He added that the hoodlums abandoned some vehicles while escaping arrest and some of the abandoned vehicles have been recovered by the police.

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“Seven suspects have been arrested so far. One suspect was arrested at Igosun, where the hoodlums abandoned seven vehicles and ran into the bush. The abandoned vehicles have been recovered and brought into the station and investigation is on.

“Seventeen persons were killed comprising of nine policemen, eight civilians. Five banks were attacked during the operation,” Ado said.

Death Toll In Offa Bank Robbery Rises To At Least 30
A scene from the Off robbery attack

The Police boss in the state said the number of those injured in the attack are yet to be ascertained as they are receiving treatment in various hospitals.

He revealed further that more police personnel have been deployed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris to aid the investigation and promised that all hands are on deck to ensure arrests of the suspects.

 

‘Bloody Attack’

Residents of Offa town have described the Thursday attack as a bloody one.

Channels Television gathered that the gunmen numbering about 30 arrived the town in seven vehicles and stationed themselves in each of the banks around 4:30 pm. Five commercial banks were raided by the gunmen along the Owode Market Area of the town.

Some residents in the area described the robbery as bloody and called for more security presence in the town, saying the incident has become an affair of every five years.

At the General Hospital in Offa, one of the medical doctors revealed that 21 bodies were brought in to the facility and nine of them were police officers.

The doctor on duty at a private hospital also in the town also confirmed the death of three victims while one was on admission.

 

Saraki Condemns Attack

The Senate President Bukola Saraki condemned the attack as a wicked act perpetrated by cruel individuals.

In a Facebook post, he said, “Yesterday’s savage attack on unsuspecting citizens and establishments in Offa LGA that led to significant loss of lives and injury is a despicable act committed by cruel individuals.

“Make no mistake, there will never be any valid grounds or rationale behind such violence that has left many families without their loved ones — and one more community in grief and shock.”

Saraki also called on members of the public to collaborate with the government to prevent a reoccurrence of the ugly incident.