- Police have arrested two more suspects linked to Offa robbery
- Some armed robbers on April 5, attacked five commercial banks in Offa and killed about 17 persons, including policemen and a pregnant woman
- Police had on May 4 declared four suspects wanted after arresting 20 principal suspects in connection with the robbery
Police have reportedly arrested two more suspects in the deadly armed robbery attack in Offa, Kwara state on April 5.
Premium Times reports that the development came three weeks after the police circulated pictures of four suspects who were captured by closed-circuit camera of the banks that they attacked.
NAIJ.com gathered that at least five banks were raided during the April 5 incident. Seventeen people, including nine police officers, were confirmed killed by the police.
It was gathered that the suspects taken into custody are: Kunle Ogunleye (a.k.a Arrow), a native of Kwara state, and Micheal Adikwu, a native of Apa local government Area, Benue state.
Ogunleye, 35, was arrested on Sunday, May 20, in Oro, Kwara state, according to a statement sent to Premium Times by PRNigeria, a media relations firm known for its coverage of the security sector.
Adikwu was reportedly dismissed as a police corporal following his arrest in 2012 on alleged criminal offences.
He was charged to court in Kwara state for compromising police operations and releasing armed robbery suspects.
He reportedly escaped from prison in 2015 and joined armed robbery gangs. It was not immediately clear whether he was found guilty and convicted by the court or whether he escaped from prison while still in remand as his trial was underway.
He was arrested by the police intelligence response team (IRT) in Kwara state two weeks ago, about a week after the police declared him wanted and circulated his picture to the public.
Kunle Ogunleye aka Arrow 35 years native of Kwara state who was arrested on May 20 in Oro town in Kwara state.
Micheal Adikwu, a native of Apa local government Benue state and a dismissed police CPL who was arrested by the police in 2012 and charged to Court in Kwara state for compromising by releasing some wanted Armed robbers.
He had spent three years in prison and subsequently found his way out in 2015 and became a notorious armed robber. He was arrested again by IRT operatives in Kwara state two weeks ago.
“All suspects arrested among others have confessed” their roles in the Offa carnage,” PRNigeria said. They are assisting the IRT teams in arresting more of the bank robbers as the police continue the investigation.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Michael Adikwu, one of the four robbery suspects was declared wanted for attacks on banks in Offa, Kwara state, has been arrested by the operatives of the inspector general of police Intelligence Response Team.
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