Offa Bank Robbery: Seven Suspects Arrested


The police in Kwara state said seven suspects have been arrested in connection to the bank robbery that took place in Offa, Kwara state on Thursday. Lawan Ado, the state’s Commissioner of Police, said this in Ilorin, the capital of the state.

He said the ‘one of the suspects was arrested with one of the cars hijacked at the robbery scene’. “The vehicles have been recovered and kept here at the police command,” said Ado.

The police chief also said 17 people including nine police officers were killed in the robbery attack, vowing to apprehend the remaining suspects. The death toll given by Ado contradicts claims that at least 30 persons died in the incident.

Also, Muyideen Akorede, the Special Assistant on Media and Communication to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, said N5million reward awaits anyone with useful information that may lead to the arrest of the armed robbers.

[caption id="attachment_365513" align="alignleft" width="225"] A policeman killed by the robbers[/caption]

‘The state governor has also assured he would give the police every resource they require to apprehend the suspects’, Akorede said.

Channels Television said a medical doctor at the state’s General Hospital told it off camera that nine bodies were deposited at the facility’s morgue.

Also, a medical doctor at a private hospital, where some of the victims were taken told the television that two persons were brought in dead.

The doctor, Taiwo Jayeola said: We have about four cases in which two were brought in dead. We have another woman who was shot at the head; her bleeding could not be controlled, and she died. There is another victim (a man) on whom we carried out a surgery and he is currently recovering.”

Six banks including Guaranty Trust Bank, Ecobank and Zenith Bank were raided in the last Thursday’s afternoon robbery at the Owode Market community, along the Oloffa Way.

The robbers were said to number 30 and the incident regarded as the deadliest of bank robberies in Nigeria.

Fola Ademosu

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