Offa Robbery Saraki vow to bring Perpetrators to Justice after killing residents, police officers

At least four police officers ,bout six other residents and bank customers in the town were also killed in the operation which lasted for more than an hour.

The banks robbed include branches of Guarantee Trust Bank, Eco Bank, First Bank, Union Bank and Zenith Bank in the town.

Eyewitness said the armed robbers invaded Offa town in Kwara state, attacking a police station, before moving on to robbing about 5 banks.

The robbers blew up entrances into the banks with dynamite, before carting away money from about five banks.

Premium times report that the robbers invaded the town a few minutes past 4 p.m. and shot into the air sporadically to scare away residents and passersby before the operation began.

The robbers then invaded the community police station known as Owode Police Station where some police officers and a few civilians were shot dead.

a student of Federal Polytechnic Offa, Dennis Ifeoluwa, explained that gunshots and heavy sounds filled the air. Business activities and vehicular movement ceased during the operation.

“I was coming from where I’m undergoing my Industrial Training when these sounds started. I had to hide myself somewhere.”

“After a while they left. Only to discover dead bodies outside. I saw someone’s intestines outside today,” he narrated.

student of Federal Polytechnic Offa, Dennis Ifeoluwa, also explained that gunshots and heavy sounds filled the air. Business activities and vehicular movement ceased during the operation.

“I was coming from where I’m undergoing my Industrial Training when these sounds started. I had to hide myself somewhere.”

“After a while they left. Only to discover dead bodies outside. I saw someone’s intestines outside today,” he narrated..

Meanwhile,Senate President and former governor of Kwara state Bukola Saraki, said that perpetrators will be “caught and brought to justice”.

Saraki, in a statement on his Facebook, condoled with the families of the victims. He wrote:

Yesterday’s savage attack on unsuspecting citizens and establishments in Offa LGA, that led to significant loss of lives and injury is a despicable act committed by cruel individuals.

Make no mistake, there will never be any valid grounds or rationale behind such violence that has left many families without their loved ones — and one more community in grief and shock.

Last night, I spoke to Governor Ahmed to express my condolence on the lives that were lost in the attack, and we both agree that no stone will be left unturned until the perpetrators of this heinous act are caught and brought to justice.

Moving forward, it is also important that we all work together to ensure that this does not reoccur. We all must co-operate at various levels to increase the security of our communities.

I pray that the souls of those that we lost yesterday are granted places amongst the righteous ones. My prayers and support will continue to be extended to all the affected families, and we will remain relentless until everyone who planned or carried out this attack faces the full wrath of the law.

In a Facebook post, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed condoled with the families of victims, and also vowed to bring the attackers to justice.

I am very saddened by the tragic events at Offa today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who died in the armed robbery attack in the town today.

I am in constant touch with the security agencies in the state and have urged them to do all within their power to secure Offa and environs and bring the attackers to justice.

I have also directed the health services to rapidly deploy emergency services to treat those injured in the attack. My heartfelt condolences to the people of Offa and the families of victims of today’s attack.

This is not the first time Offa is witnessing robbery attacks and some banks had been forced to shut operations.

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