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Police arrest 12 more suspects in Offa robbery

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

"The police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which led to the arrest of the suspects", he said in a statement.

Seven suspects had earlier been arrested regarding the incident.

Recall that armed robbers had attacked five commercial banks in Offa on April 5, during which 17 persons, including policemen and a pregnant woman were killed.

The Force PRO stated that the suspect named Shogo, alleged to be a drug baron and dealer in Indian hemp, was arrested in Offa.

A statement issued by ACF National Publicity Secretary, Mohammed Ibrahim, made available to newsmen in Kaduna, said however that the quick response of the police in arresting some of the suspects was commendable.

He also disclosed that Opadokun was released from prison three months ago after serving eight months of his sentence for armed robbery. A Barrette pistol and six rounds of live ammunition was recovered from him. They say the truck was driven to the bank's parking lot at the time of the robbery and was located nearby by police.

I came here with members of my cabinet to sympathise with the good people of Offa and Kwara State, particularly the family of those that lost their lives to the unfortunate incident.

Other suspects apprehended are Adegoke Shogo (29yrs), Kayode Opadokun (35yrs), Kazeem Abdulrasheed (36yrs), Azeez Abdullahi (27yrs), Alexander Reuben (39yrs), Azeez Salawudeen (20yrs), Adewale Popoola (22yrs), Adetoyese Muftau (23yrs). He is a notorious, deadly and hardened bank robber from whom GMPGs, rocket launchers and severalrRifles were recovered in 2015. "He was released from prison in December 2017".

Also, Jimoh Isa, 28, native of Okene Kogi State indicted by technical intelligence generated on the bank robbers, was arrested on the April 11, in Lagos.

Richard Buba Terry, 23, and Peter Jaba Kuunfa, 25.

Honolulu police want to remind the public that bank robbery is a serious crime, which can be charged in federal court; and federal penalties are stiffer than state penalties.

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