June 23, 2024

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How 17 policemen, civilians were killed in Offa bank robbery -DPO

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Former Divisional Police Officer of Offa Local
Government Area of Kwara State, CSP Adamu
Danjuma, on Monday, said 17 people including nine
policemen and eight civilians were killed in cold blood
in the April 5, 2018 Offa bank armed robbery
operation .
Danjuma while testifying at the resumed hearing of the
trial of five accused persons charged for the robbery
also said 21 AK 47 rifles were stolen from the armoury
of the police station during the robbery operation.
The
police officer, who was the first eyewitness to testify
before Justice Haleema Saleeman of a Kwara State High
Court sitting in Ilorin , also narrated how he escaped
being killed in the robbery operation .
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The five accused persons standing trial of “ Conspiracy,
Armed robbery , possession of Firearms and
Ammunition and Murder” are Ayoade Akinnibosun ,
Ibikunle Ogunleye , Adeola Abraham , Salahudeen Azeez
and Niyi Ogundiran . They were all brought to court on
Monday .
Danjuma, who was the fifth prosecution witness (PW 5 ),
said the suspected armed robbers destroyed the Police
Armoury in Offa station and also used explosive to
attack banks .
He gave the names of the police officers and men that
were gunned down by the suspected robbers as Julius
Pelemo ( ASP) , Yusuf Danjuma (Inspector ), Grace
Makinde ( Inspector) and Oke Kayode ( Inspector) .
Others are Sergeants Mustapha Kolawole , Bilikisu
Babawale , Abimbola Adedokun , Yootum Nakoma and
Monday Isa .
He narrated, “ On the said date about 4: 45 pm I heard
a gunshot from the direction of Captain Cook Eatery
Junction in the town ; two minutes interval I heard
sporadic shootings from that direction heading towards
my police station. Immediately , I came out of my office
to the charge room (counter ) . The shootings were
approaching the station .
“ In response , I also fired gunshots into the air from my
pistol. As a result , there was a temporary stoppage of
shootings from outside. Suddenly, the shootings started
coming in from different directions towards the
station . A lady who was manning the pedestrian gate
was shot in one of her arms making her abandon the
place and ran for her dear life . The shootings
continued.

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