The leaders of the robbery gang that struck banks in Offa in Kwara on April 5 are reported to be making startling confessions.
The robbery led to the death of more than 30 persons, including policemen and loss of millions of Naira.
As families of victims are mourning their loved once killed in the operation, the robbery gang leaders are making mind boggling confessions.
At least 22 suspected in connection with the bank robbery, including the ring leaders, are currently detained for investigations.
According to a reliable source, a dismissed Corporal in the Nigeria Police, Mr. Micheal Adikwu, lead the operation.
He was assisted by another leader, Mr. Kunle Ogunleye aka Arrow, and one Abel and others.
They have confessed to the operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence and Response Team (IRT), led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari.
Adikwu, the dismissed corporal, who organised and led the bank robbery operation has confessed to have killed over 20 people, majority of them policemen.
“Adikwu was formerly working with the Kwara State Police Command, SARS unit, before he was dismissed for allowing suspected armed robbers detained, to escape. Since then, he had been embittered and vowed to deal with policemen.
“Adikwu told IRT operatives that his killing of the policemen was not a mistake, but quite deliberate.’’
“Adikwu, in prison, has been threatening to the hearing of other inmates, that he will kill as many policemen as possible once he has the opportunity.’’
He is reported to have vowed that he would continue to kill policemen because of his dismissal from the force and be sending him to prison for release robbery suspects.
A member of the gang, Kunle Ogunleye aka Arrow, also confessed to have killed two people.
Another member of the gang, Abel, confessed to have killed five people.
Abel reportedly said: “I killed five people, but I sprayed bullets on many people. I don’t know if they died. I can only confirm the death of five people, who I witnessed myself.”
“They also confessed to have gone to Offa three times on surveillance mission.
“The police station and banks were carefully studied. Adikwu led the first team to enter the police station, while others stayed outside.
“ He confessed he led the three gang members into the station. The four of them walked into the station like they came to lodge a complaint. They concealed their rifles in their clothes and immediately they entered the police station premises, Adikwu opened fire and killed the station guard.
“He confessed killing nine people in the police station and carried their rifles.
“They confessed to have taken tramadol and other drugs before embarking on the operation. They killed over 30 people on that day.
“After the operation, he went to each of the banks which were being robbed to issue orders. He was captured on CCTV shouting at his members, telling them what to do and what not to do,” the source further said.
Arrow is quoted to have said: “I was among the three people that entered the police station with Adikwu, but I didn’t shoot or kill anyone. It was Adikwu that shot and killed all the policemen. He went from one office to the other, killing everyone. We only gave him cover.”
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Some of the Offa robbery suspects yesterday narrated the roles they played during the attack.
Some spoke about how they were taught to use guns before they went for the deadly operation.
Akinnibosun, who holds a B.Ed. in Guidance and Counselling from Ekiti State University said: “I’m the Chairman of Liberation Youth Movement (Kwara South). We are the Senate President’s boys. We work for him at Kwara South. We are the ones that hold Kwara South for him. We have three senatorial districts in Kwara State; there are some people in Kwara North and Central but we control the South.
“We have been working for him since when he was the governor of Kwara State. When he was in PDP.
“We mobilise for him and we are the ones that do political arrangements for him. For example, where we cannot win, we mobilize people and make ‘dabaru’ arrangement there. We scatter elections if we don’t win.”
On the connection of Saraki with the bank robbery, He said: “He is the one that arranges everything for us. For example, this car (Lexus SUV) was given to me by His Excellency Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed through the Chief of Staff of Kwara State as a gift from the leader Senator Bukola Saraki. I participated in Offa robbery and I took the Lexus Jeep to Offa.
On whether the Senate President and the Governor encouraged them to rob and kill people, Akinnibosun said: “The Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State – we have been their political thugs. So, that was what encouraged us to do what we did.”
On how they got the weapons: “It was through one dismissed Police officer Michael Adikwu. He came with ammunition. That fateful day, it was, Arrow, Alex, Stand Well Well and Niyi. It was five of us that went. We took off from Ajase Ipo with another Mercedes Benz to Offa. When we got to Offa, I positioned everybody but I stood at Total filling station. When we got there, we met Michael Adikwu who came in one Audi car. He brought out five AK47 from a Nissan vehicle.”
On whether Saraki was aware of the robbery before they embarked on it, he said: “They did not send us for the robbery but because we are their political thugs, that was why we did what we did.”
On why he decided to rob considering that he could easily access the Senate President and the governor and ask for anything, Akinnibosun said: “It is the work of the devil.
On who gave him guns for political thuggery, he said: “It is the Chief of Staff to Kwara State Governor but he was not aware we were going to robb with them.
“We the youths of Nigeria should not allow ourselves to be used. We should not allow anybody to deceive us with anything. There is nothing out there. They are only deceiving us with stipends. My fellow youths, I am begging you in the name of God.
He denied being on the payroll of the senate president but collects money from him. “We don’t get paid in salary form. They give us money whenever the Senate President is around. We get N200,000, sometimes N300,000.”
On the Offa robbery booty , he said: “I cannot say because all we got was kept with Michael Adikwu. We did not share it immediately because he said if we did, we would be caught by the Police.”
Ogunleye, who claimed be a wood seller and also into Politics said the Offa robbery was the first operation he ever went for.
He said: “I went to the same school with Akinnibosun. My involvement in Offa robbery was that our leader, Ayoade introduced the robbery to me and I later spread it to my two mechanics; Stand Well Well and Niyi.
On why he killed people on that day: “I killed the two people out of fear because I was being disturbed when the whole thing (robbery) was going on.
“I was disturbed by Michael Adikwu because he was shouting that the Nigeria Police dismissed him, took his job from him and that we will do them ‘Shege’. That was the word he used.”
On how he learnt how to use gun, he said: “It was Michael that thought us how to use guns. A day to the robbery, he was teaching us in a bush at a Ajase Ipo.
“I don’t know how long it took Michael but it was three days to the robbery that I got to know about it through Akinnibosun. “
Abraham, who is a mechanic and who killed five people during the robbery said he hails from Oro, Irepodun Local government area of the state.
On his involvement in the robbery, he said: “I killed five people.
“While we were on operation. We were outside the bank and as the operation was ongoing, the people were stoning us. They were shouting thief thief and kept on stoning. One of the stones hit me and so I got angry and decided to shoot them.”
Another suspect who is also a mechanic, Salawudeen Azeez, said it was Michael who gave him a gun.
He said: “I am a mechanic who specialises in Japanese motors. They told me that they wanted to explain something to me and when I met them, they told me that we were going to rob.
“Niyi Ogundiran told me to stand in front of a bank. They gave me a gun to hold in case things went wrong and when things went wrong, I killed two people.”
Ogundiran who hails from Oro said he was also a mechanic who repairs Mrcedes Benz adding that Ogunleye was his customer.
“They brought a car to me to repair, it was while I was repairing it that they briefed me on what they wanted to do and I decided to follow them. I was told we were going to share whatever we make from the operation but we ended up with nothing. I only killed two people.”
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