Offa bank robbery: Why I killed over 20 people – Dismissed policeman
The Police have arrested key members of the gang that attacked banks in Kwara.
The robbery left many residents and policemen dead.
On Monday, a statement released to PRNigeria confirmed the arrest of two of whose photos were realeased.
The statement reads: “Sequel to the Publication of the Pictures of the Offa Bank Robbers in the Media, We have being getting several Credible leads from Good Citizens of Our Country as a Result, IRT teams deployed by IGP Ibrahim Idris to Kwara, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti States were able to arrest 2 More Gang-leaders of the Deadly Bank Robbery who’s pictures were circulated by the Media.
“The Confessed Gang-leaders Arrested are
1) Kunle Ogunleye aka Arrow 35yrs native of Kwara State who was arrested yesterday in Oro town in Kwara State.
“2) Micheal Adikwu, a native of Apa LGA 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 to the Offa Bank armed robberies and murders, They are assisting the IRT teams in Arresting more of the bank robbers as the police continue the investigation.”
The dismissed Corporal, who led the armed robbery gang that attacked commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, Michael Adiku has told detectives why he killed many people that day.
Adiku told operatives of the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) that he personally killed over 20 people, mostly policemen during the operation, in revenge.
The suspect said he had scores to settle with the system, adding that they took Tramadol and other hard drugs before embarking on the mission.
A police source told The Nation: “Adikwu, while in prison, had been threatening to the hearing of other inmates, that he would kill as many policemen as possible once he had the opportunity.
“He said that since police dismissed and made him go to prison because he released armed robbers that he too would deal with the police.
“He was the organiser of the robbery. He recruited other members and they had series of meeting while planning the attack.
“The gang went to Offa three times on surveillance mission. The police station and banks were carefully studied.
“Adikwu led three others into the police station, while others stayed outside. They walked into the station as if they wanted to lodge a complaint with their pistols concealed under their clothes.
“Immediately they entered, Adikwu said he shot the station guard he killed nine policemen at the station and carried their rifles.
“The suspects confessed that they took Tramadol and other hard drugs before embarking on the operation. Over 30 people were killed that day and Adikwu said he personally killed over 20.
“One of those he went into the police station with was Arrow (Kunle Ogunleye). They took those at the station by surprise and opened fire immediately they entered.
“The attack on the police station was a vendetta led by the dismissed policeman. After the operation, he went to each of the banks which were being robbed to issue orders. He was captured on CCTV shouting at his members, telling them what to do and what not to do.”
Continuing, the source said Ogunleye told them he did not fire any shot at the police station, adding that he killed about two people during the bank robbery.
“He said it was Adikwu that shot and killed all the policemen. He went from one office to the next, killing everyone. They only gave him cover,” the source added.