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FW: What is the link between Saraki and the Offa Robbery?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Offa, Kwara State was thrown into chaos when a group of at least 25 armed robbers staged an attack on some commercial banks along Owode Market area including the police station in the area.

The robbers attacked seven banks including Union Bank, Eco Bank and Guarantee Trust Bank. Official reports initially put the death toll at 18, with residents insisting that more than 30 people died during the attack. A month later, the police confirmed that robbery indeed claimed 33 lives.

Investigations around the robbery began immediately, where the IGP (Inspector General of Police), Ibrahim Idris ordered the deployment of three units of Police Mobile force, high powered investigation team and Armoured Personnel Carriers to Kwara.

Three days after the incident, 7 suspects were arrested in connection with the robbery. On April 13, 12 more suspects were found and arrested by the police. Ipads, sim cards and phones belonging to victims of the robbery attack were found on them. On Sunday, 3 June 2018, the Nigerian police released a statement inviting the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to answer questions following confessions from the robbery suspects implicating him.

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