Father of policewoman killed during Offa robbery dies

Offa robbery: Father of slain female officer dies

Some of the suspects with their weapons

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin—Father of one of the slain police officers, identified as Mrs Yemisi Makinde, nee Oyeyemi, killed during the April 5, 2018 Offa bank robbery in Kwara State reportedly died, weekend, in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

Vanguard reliably gathered that the late Mr. Oyeyemi, who had been in serious agony since the death of his daughter, died at his country home, Upper Gaa Akanbi area, of Ilorin exactly nine months after his daughter was killed during the armed robbery attack in Offa.

Recall that during the attack; about 31 residents of the town including officers of the Nigeria Police Force were killed.

The five suspected armed robbers are currently facing trial at the Ilorin High Court over the attack.

It was, however, gathered weekend that the late Oyeyemi, a retired Inspector in the Nigeria Police Force, who hails from Agbonda town, Irepodun local government council area of the state , was said to have fallen sick immediately after the untimely death of his daughter .

Sources close to his family disclosed in Ilorin, yesterday, that the deceased developed high blood pressure due to the shock of his daughter’s death. .

Vanguard further gathered that all the drugs he had been using to manage the ailment suddenly failed to achieve the desired change, a development that complicated his sickness at the weekend and ultimately claimed his life.

Sources also told Vanguard that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the mortuary of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Complex, UITHC, Ilorin.

It was further learned that the family of the deceased were already meeting at press time to decide the date of his burial.

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Man arrested for robbery three weeks after winning N4m lottery

Man arrested for robbery three weeks after winning N4m lottery

Samuel Nkemakolem, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Police Command has paraded two suspected armed robbers caught while trying to steal from bank customers during the Christmas celebrations in Yenagoa.

One of the suspects was said to have won a jackpot of N4m from a popular football lottery firm about three weeks earlier, before he was arrested over his involvement in armed robbery.

According to sources, the suspect was also a popular member of a cult in the area.

The sources, who said they were surprised by the development, noted that they were expecting the young man to use the money he had won to start a business or trade.

They added that they were surprised that his N4m was already gone.

The two robbers were arrested on Christmas Eve at Swali, a suburb of Yenagoa, near a popular new generation bank in the area.

The two robbers waited for customers to withdraw money from the bank before attacking them.

They were, however, unlucky as they were apprehended while they were committing the crime.

Spokesperson for the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, said the suspected robbers were in police custody.

He added that they were helping the police in their efforts to nab other members of the group, who were still at large.

Butswat said, “On December 24, 2018, at about 7pm, two notorious armed robbers were arrested at Swali by UBA Bank, while waiting to rob unsuspecting members of the public of their money after withdrawals.

“The suspects are Henry Kingsley, 28, from Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State and one Moses Roland, 25, from Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State.

“They were arrested in possession of one locally made pistol with 9mm live ammunition and one locally made pistol with AA live ammunition. The suspects are in custody and are undergoing interrogation.”

The police spokesperson advised members of the public to report any suspicious movement of persons in their neighbourhood to the police.

Source: The Punch

Breaking: Offa bank robbery chief suspect is dead

Offa bank robbery chief suspect dead

By Jimisayo Opanuga

The chief suspect to the Offa bank robbery Michael Adikwu is dead, according to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kwara state.

Kamaldeen Ajibade made the revelation when five out of the six suspects were arraigned before a high court Wednesday in Ilorin with the gang leader and self-confessed mastermind, Adikwu missing.. The five suspects arraigned were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.

Adikwu, a former Police constable, led the group of armed robbers in April this year on a five-bank robbery operation that led to the deaths of not less than 30 people including police operatives.

The lead prosecuting counsel, Ajibade, told the court that he was informed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, that the prime suspect to the robbery, Adikwu, is dead.

Ajibade requested for adjournment of the case for proper amendment to the charge sheet since the prime suspect is said to be dead. He also stated that the case could not go on because the suspects had no legal representation. The trial judge, Halima Salman, adjourned the case to Friday, November 30th.

Credit: The Guardian