Offa Robbery: DPO, DCO Alleged To Have Collected N400,000
Allegations are now rife that the two senior Police officers who escaped death in the Offa robbery scandal may have been bribed by the robbers. However, the Police authorities claim no one found guilty will escape punishment though the two alleged officers are not yet under arrest.
The community reportedly lost about 30 persons including nine police officers and yet to be disclosed cash were carted away from about five commercial banks.
Speaking on the backdrop of the wide speculation of the bribe tango against the DCO and DPO of Offa police station, where the robbery took place, they allegedly failed to take action before the armed robbers struck, the police public relations officer of the Kwara state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, said that both civilians and uniformed men linked to the incident would not go scot free.
The PPRO, who said that investigation was still going on on the attack, added that the police was determined to get to the root of the perennial robbery cases in the ancient town towards finding a lasting solution.
When asked about the whereabouts of the police officers allegedly linked to the robbery, Okasanmi said that investigation was already going on, “whether civilian or police, whoever we found culpable would be dealt with accordingly”.
He did not say if they have been arrested lest they go and tamper with the ingredients of the investigation. By now, the two officers are supposed to have been arrested.
Speculatios were rife on how and why the DPO and DCO of the Offa police station were not affected by a robbery incident where nine policemen were confirmed killed by the hoodlums.
It was also said that the armed robbers only collected phones of the two police officers and allowed them to escape from the scene of the robbery attack.
This is just as management of one of the five commercial banks that was attacked during the bank raid, allegedly sacked five of its staff last Friday for releasing CCTV video of the robbery scene to the public.
A reliable source in the bank said that the management saw the release of the CCTV footage without official approval as gross indiscipline, capable of affecting security and image of the bank.
So far, 21 suspects, including 12 primary suspects, one hotel proprietor, four staff of the hotel and four lodgers, have been arrested in connection with the Offa robbery.
The hotel owner, the staff and the lodgers were arraigned at an Ilorin magistrate court last week, while the 12 primary suspects paraded at the Force headquarters, Abuja, are yet to be arraigned.