Six Policemen, Six Civilians Killed In Offa Bank Robbery
The ancient city of Offa, Kwara State was thrown into chaos on Thursday as a gang of armed robbers raided five banks and killed 12 persons, including six policemen.
According to the investigation, the 30-man-gang entered the city and blocked the popular Oshogbo-Offa Road to begin their operation.
It was gathered that they shot repeatedly to scare passersby and blew up five banks to gain entrance into the place.
The banks they burgled included, the GTB, Ecobank, Zenith Bank, First Bank and Union Bank. They carted away millions of naira and killed six policemen who were attached to the banks.
It was also learnt that they killed six civilians, one of who was a pregnant woman and a police officer that was due for retirement this year.
Our investigation also revealed that a police van was set ablaze by an irate mob who were disappointed and not satisfied with the late response of the Nigeria Police Force to the banks’ robbery attack.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer for Kwara State Police Command, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, said that money was stolen, which could not be quantified now.
He also said that there were casualties whose identities would be given later.
As Okasanmi put it “It is true that there were attacks on some banks at Offa, but I cannot identify the banks now. I learnt that there were casualties, but I cannot confirm the number until I am briefed. But more policemen have been deployed in the area and they have restored calm.”