Offa Robbery: Police Arrest 7 Suspects
Offa, a community in Kwara State, was thrown into shock on Thursday when five banks were robbed in a classical arrangement that beat security agencies.
The robbery sent a shock wave to other states in western Nigeria and even beyond, raising concerns about the safety of lives and property in other states.
Two days after that unusual robbery, the police have arrested seven suspects in connection with it.
The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Mr Lawan Ado, announced the arrest on Saturday.
The robbery attacks on Union Bank, Eco bank, Guarantee Trust Bank, First Bank, Zenith Bank and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank had resulted in the death of over 17 people including seven police officers, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Earlier report had put the death toll at over 30.
A number of injured victims are receiving treatment in different hospitals in Offa and Ilorin.
Ado told reporters in Ilorin that, “seven suspects were arrested; one at Igosun road and six others at different locations in Offa.
“They are helping us in our investigation".
He said seven vehicles abandoned have been recovered from the armed robbers, while some rifles were carted away by the robbers.
“The Inspector General of Police has ordered a full investigation and has directed his Intelligence Response Team and others to assist in getting the robbers arrested.
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“The Command wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims while also wishing the injured quick recovery”, he said.
The Senate President had a day after the robbery condoled with the affected persons and condemned the attack.
He has also asked for more effort to end insecurity in the state.