More Offa Robbery Suspects Arrested, Confess

More Offa Robbery Suspects Arrested, Confess

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The police have announced the names of armed robbery suspects so far arrested in connection with the robberies of five banks and killing of no fewer than 30 people including nine policemen at Offa, Kwara State, on April 5.

In a press statement issued on Friday, ACP Jimoh Moshood, force public relations officer,
Force Headquarters, Abuja, said additional 12 suspects [nine had been arrested] have been arrested and items such as handsets, iPads and Sim cards belonging to victims of the robbery recovered from them.

Extracts from the briefing, slightly edited:

SUSPECTS
i) Adegoke Shogo 29yrs – Arrested in Offa

  1. ii) Kayode Opadokun 35yrs – Arrested in Offa

iii) Kazeem Abdulrasheed 36yrs – Arrested in Offa

  1. iv) Azeez Abdullahi 27yrs – Arrested in Offa
  2. v) Alexander Reuben 39yrs – Arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos
  3. vi) Jimoh Isa 28yrs – Arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos

vii) Azeez Salawudeen 20yrs – Arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him

viii) Adewale Popoola 22yrs – Arrested in Offa and victim’s phone and sim cards recovered from him

  1. ix) Adetoyese Muftau 23yrs – Arrested in Ibadan, Oyo State
  2. x) Aminu Ibrahim 18yrs – Arrested in Ilorin
  3. xi) Richard Buba Terry 23yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

xii) Peter Jaba Kuunfa 25yrs – Arrested in Ilorin

These three (3) last suspects in whose possession another Beretta pistol and Fourteen (14) rounds of live ammunitions were recovered.

EXHIBITS
i. Two (2) Beretta pistols

  1. Twenty (20) rounds of live ammunition

iii. Four (4) phones and SIM cards belonging to victims, some of whom were killed during the attack.

Consequent on the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim K. Idris’s deployment of high-powered Police Investigation Team, armoured personnel carrier (APC), three (3) units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and anti-robbery equipment to Kwara State to carry out discreet investigation into the banks’ robbery, prevent further attacks and bring perpetrators to justice, the high-powered Police Investigation Team deployed in synergy with the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department have arrested the nine (9) above mentioned armed robbers directly involved in the banks’ robbery and attack on a Police Station in Offa, Kwara State.

  1. 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. Some of the arrests also involved serious exchange of gun fire between the Police and the suspects in their various hideouts.
  2. The following are the suspects arrested and have admitted to the various criminal roles they played in the banks robbery attacks and are also assisting Police investigation into the incident.
  3. i) Adegoke Shogo, 29yrs, native of Offa, Kwara State: He was arrested in Offa after the bank robbery and the attack on the Police Station. He is 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 on the roles he played in the armed robbery.
  4. ii) Kayode Opadokun, 35yrs, native of Offa, Kwara State: He was found out to have been released from prison three (3) months ago after serving only 8months of his sentence years for armed robbery; he is a notorious armed robber and confirmed gang member of the Offa bank robbers. A Barrette pistol and six (6) rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him. He has admitted to the criminal roles he played in the Offa banks’ robbery.

iii) Kazeem Abdulrasheed, 36yrs, native of Offa Kwara State – a gang member from whom a victim’s phone was found. He was arrested in Offa.

  1. iv) Azeez Abdullahi. 27yrs. native of Offa, Kwara State — gang member from whom a victim’s phone and SIM cards were recovered.
  2. v) Alexander Reuben. 39yrs. 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.
  3. vi) Jimoh Isa, 28yrs, native of Okene. Kogi State — indicted by technical intelligence generated on the bank robbers. He was arrested on the 11th April, 2018 in Lagos.
  4. Three (3) suspects namely Azeez Salawudeen, 20yrs, Adewale Popoola, 22yrs, and Adetoyese Muftau, 23yrs, from whom two (2) 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.
  5. (i) Aminu Ibrahim, 18yrs – Arrested in Ilorin,
  6. ii) Richard Buba Terry, 23yrs, and

iii) Peter Jaba Kuunfa, 25yrs

These three (3) 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.

  1. All the suspects during investigation confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of the crime; however, investigation is being intensified to arrest other suspects still at large and bring them to justice.
  2. The Nigeria Police Force once again deeply commiserates with the government and people of Kwara State, most especially the people of Offa and the families of the victims. The Force will leave no stone unturned in unravelling this dastard act and bring all those responsible to justice. The Force appreciates the support from members of the public so far and calls for calm and their cooperation to sustain the normalcy that has been restored in the state.

ACP JIMOH MOSHOOD
Force Public Relations Officer
Force Headquarters
Abuja

 

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