Tension in Ilorin as Indigenes Protest on Offa Robbery


Some residents and indigenes of Offa penultimate week  alleged  delay in  Offa robbery case. They marched on streets of Ilorin asking that steps be taken to hasten the process to get those culpable punished.

The protesters comprising aggrieved residents and indigenes  of Offa,  who congregated in front of the Government House, Ilorin urged Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to  ensure that  there was no delay in respect of the case in order that those who died during the incident can get justice.

For four years now, issues surrounding the April 5, 2018 robbery recorded in Offa have continued to reverberate across the political, social and the security landscapes of Kwara State.

33 persons including policemen were killed during the said robbery.

The armed robbers who attacked about three commercial banks in the town also reportedly carted away N10 million.

Some suspects have since been arrested by the police and taken to court.  The case is still pending before Justice Haleema Salman of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions that include  ‘Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, don’t fold your hands. Expedite action on the trial of Offa robbery suspects’,  ‘We need justice on Offa robbery’,  ‘The blood of Offa 33 victims is crying’  among others.

Addressing the protesters on behalf of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Salman Jawondo SAN said  the case was still pending before a court of competent jurisdiction.

Jawondo who told the protesters that he shared their pain, especially the relations of the victims, promised that no stone would be left unturned until justice was served in respect of the matter.

Five suspects- Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Azeez Salawu and Niyi Ogundiran were arrested by the police in connection with the robbery four years ago and they were later brought before Justice Haleema Salman.