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Police arrest Offa bank robbery kingpins weeks after publishing photos


Two of the suspects that took part in the armed robbery attack on five commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, have been  arrested by the police.

The duo, whose names were given as Kunle Ogunleye, also known as Arrow, and Michael Adikwu, were arrested in separate operations by the Intelligence Response Team of the Nigeria Police Force in Kwara State.

This is coming few weeks after CCTV photos of the wanted criminals were released by the police and were published by several media houses in the country.

According to a statement issued by the police on Monday, Ogunleye, 35, an indigene of Kwara State, was arrested in Oro town of the State on Sunday. While his counterpart, Adikwu, a dismissed police corporal, was arrested two weeks ago.

Adikwu was said to have spent three years in prison, following his arrest in 2012 for alleged complicity in the release of some wanted Armed Robbers. He left the prison in 2015 and took to armed robbery.

Michael Adikwu, a dismissed Police corporal, suspected to be one of the Offa bank robbery suspects. Photo credit: prnigeria.com

The police statement added that all the suspects so far arrested in connection to the Offa bank robbery have all confessed and are currently assisting the police in the investigations.

The Kwara State government had promised a reward of N5 million for anyone who would provide information that could lead to the arrest of the armed robbers.

Also, Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, had said that more than 20 principal suspects of the robbery attack have been arrested and incriminating items recovered from them. These include Beretta pistols, several rounds of live ammunition, phones and sim cards belonging to some of the victims of the attack.

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