- The police has said bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state was sponsored by a drug baron known as Adegoke Shogo
- Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesperson at force headquarters said Shogo among others were arrested by the police in connection with the robberies
- Moshood who confirmed the arrest revealed the exhibits recovered from the suspected robbers
The police on Sunday, April 15, named a 29-year-old alleged drug baron as one of the brains behind the April 5 bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state.
Adegoke Shogo, described as a mega distributor of Indian hemp, allegedly provided part of the logistics used during the operation that claimed at least 17 lives, including those of nine policemen.
The Nation reports that the police declared that Adegoke Shogo sponsored the attacks with “misplaced expectations of expanding his criminal and social profile.”
Force headquarters spokesman, Jimoh Moshood in Abuja said twelve more suspects, including Shogo, have been arrested by the police in connection with the robberies.’’
Some the suspects in the second set of arrests are Kayode Opadokun (35); Kazeem Abdulrasheed (36); Azeez Abdullahi (27); Alexander Reuben (39); Jimoh Isa (28); Azeez Salawudeen (20); Adewale Popoola (22); Adetoyese Muftau (23); Aminu Ibrahim (18); Richard Buba Terry (23) and Peter Jaba Kuunfa (25).
''Adegoke Shogo, 29 years, native of Offa Kwara State. He was arrested in Offa after the bank robbery and the attack on the police station. He is a drug baron and also an Indian hemp dealer in Offa, Kwara state.
''According to intelligence gathered from cultivated and reliable informant, he is alleged to be one of the sponsors of the robbery attack and the Police Station in Offa. He has made useful statements to the roles he played in the armed robbery.
''Kayode Opadokun, 35 years, native of Offa, Kwara state. He was found to have been released from prison three months ago after serving only eight months of his sentence years for armed robbery.
''A notorious armed robber and confirmed gang member of the Offa bank robbers, a Barretta pistol and six rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him, and he has admitted to the criminal roles he played in the Offa banks robbery.
''Kazeem Abdulrasheed, 36 years, native of Offa, Kwara State, a gang member from whom a victim’s phone was found. He was arrested in Offa.
''Azeez Abdullahi, 27 years, Native of Offa, Kwara state, gang member from whom a victim’s phone and SIM cards were recovered.
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''Alexander Reuben, 39 years, native of Isoko LGA Delta State. He is a notorious, deadly and hardened bank robber from whom GMPGs, rocket launchers and several rifles were recovered in 2015. He was released from Prison in December 2017. He was arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos.
''Jimoh Isa, 28 years, native of Okene Kogi state indicted by technical intelligence generated on the bank robbers. He was arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos.
''Three suspects, namely Azeez Salawudeen (20 years), Adewale Popoola (22 years) and Adetoyese Muftau (23 years) from whom two phones and SIM cards belonging to victims were recovered have also made confessional statements admitting to the various roles they played in the commission of the crime.
''Aminu Ibrahim, arrested in Ilorin; Richard Buba Terry;and Peter Jaba Kuunfa. These three suspects in whose possession another Beretta pistol and Fourteen (14) rounds of live ammunition were recovered, were arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery. They have previously been investigated and charged to court for armed robbery and cultism. They have made confessional statements admitting to the various criminal roles they played in the recent bank robbery in Offa.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that National Assembly ordered the Police to ensure the arrest of Offa bank robbers and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The Honorabe Olayonu Tope from the state sponsored a resolution on the heed of a motion titled ''Motion on the lost of about 30 lives and 50 persons injured in Bank Robbery in Offa, Kwara state on Thursday 5th April, 2015. Need for Urgent Intervention.''
Tope recalled the gruesome murder of several police personnel, bankers and many other Nigerians in the attacks, saying it was against their constitutional rights to life.
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