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Police arrest two Offa robbery kingpins


The Nigerian Police high command has arrested two out of the four gang leaders and principal suspects declared wanted on May 4 in connection with the bloody Offa banks robbery last month.

In a statement released by the command headquarters, made available to The Guardian by the force spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood, the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) was able to arrest two more members of the gang after intelligence report from members of the public.

The suspects are Kunle Ogunleye, 35, a.k.a. Arrow, a native of Kwara, arrested on May 20 in Oro town, Kwara; and Michael Adikwu, a native of Apa Local Government Area of Benue, arrested by the IRT in Kwara two weeks ago.
It would be recalled 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. Moshood said the suspects have confessed to be the gang leaders of their groups. “The two suspects have confessed to the crime and admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the robbery. They will be charged to court on completion of investigation,” he said.
He added that Adikwu, who was a police corporal, was dismissed for criminal conspiracy and aiding the escape from custody of armed robbery suspects. “He served three years in prison and subsequently found his way out in 2015,” he said.

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