Licensed private security practitioners operating in Offa, Kwara state, have said the state police command is to blame for the deadly bank robbery in the town.
Olusola Obadeyi, state chairman of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria, said that the police had ignored intelligence provided to them by members of the association on the activities of the robbers before the attack.
He said this at a sensitization programme in Ilorin, the state capital.
"Staff of a licensed private security outfit working at the hotel where the hoodlums had stayed before their operation, had informed the police in the area of their suspicion about the character of the robbers," Obadeyi said.
Over 25 robbers stormed the town on April 5, raiding five commercial banks along the Owode Market Area in Offa Local Government Area, killing 30 persons, including nine policemen and injuring many.
The gunmen had reportedly arrived the town in seven vehicles and stationed themselves in each of the banks.
The armed robbers made away with several millions of naira in the operation.