Three out of the four suspected armed robbers whose photos were released last week in connection with the April 5th Offa bank robbery attack have been arrested by the Kwara State Police Command. Among them is an ex-SARS officer.
The police last week released the images of four out of the many suspected armed robbers that attacked the banks and carted away millions of Nigeria.
The images were retrieved from the bank’s CCTV. Among the four suspects is Michael Adikwu, a former SARS Officer who was dismissed for fraud.
According to police sources, Adikwu was arrested on Monday by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police, Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and later used as bait to catch two other suspects.
“He used to serve in the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Kwara State Police Command until he got involved in robbery. Investigations revealed that some armed robbers, who robbed and killed an innocent citizen were arrested.
Adikwu, then a constable, collected money from them and released them. He was subsequently arrested, tried and dismissed. He was charged to court together with the re-arrested armed robbers. He served three years in prison. How he came out of prison is still a mystery” a police source said
While in prison, Adikwu met with other armed robbers, formed a gang and after his ”release”, they engaged in series of robbery attacks.
The police is however intensifying in its search for the other criminals involved in the bank attack.
Just a week after the incident, an alleged CCTV footage of the Offa robbery scene and suspects was released to the public.
In the footage, a woman and her child were seen leaving what looked like the ATM house of a bank when gun bearing men started shooting sporadically from the major road.
Two men standing by the small house took off immediately they heard the gunshots, while the camera angle did not show what became of the woman and the child she was holding.
After that, three armed men were seen going around seemingly coordinating what next to do.
Smoke, which appeared to come from explosives were also seen after a banging noise.
Another explosive was later thrown into what seem like the small building housing the ATM.
Then the men went inside and came out.