As the number of people that lost their lives to the bank robbery in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, on Thursday continue to rise, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said he had discussed the matter with the governor and that those who carried out the attacks must be found and prosecuted accordingly. Dr. Saraki, in his Facebook post also described the robbery incident as “a despicable act committed by cruel individuals.”
He also said he already spoke with the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed to offer his condolences over the lives that were lost in the attack. He said they both agreed that no stone will be left unturned until the perpetrators of the heinous act are caught and brought to justice. Adding, “We will remain relentless until everyone who planned or carried out this attack faces the full wrath of the law.”
NewsBitsng.com gathered as at the time of this story that the number of the dead in the incident has risen to 30. This was a sharp increase in the 12, comprising six policemen and six civilians earlier reported by the media as at Friday. However, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado, said on Friday that nine policemen and seven civilians were killed by the armed robbers that stormed as much as five banks in Offa in a raid that lasted about one hour.
But in a desperate bid to seek for justice for both the bereaved and the dead, the state Governor has also pledged that the state government would pay the medical bills of the victims of the accident. The governor who spoke when he visited the victims at the hospital on Friday directed that the victims be moved from Offa to Ilorin for better medical care. The governor, who went round the wards to meet with the victims, described the incident as unfortunate, while praying to God to grant the injured victims quick recovery.
He promised; “We will take care of all their hospital bills; we must begin to watch one another’s back. Policing is everybody’s job, therefore, when we see strange people in our communities, we must learn to report to appropriate security agencies because activities like this require some time for planning and execution. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the people of Offa and the families of the victims of this attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who died in the attack. I am in constant touch with the security agencies in the state and I have urged them to do all within their powers to secure Offa and environs and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
He also used the opportunity to lend his voice to those agitating for community policing as the way out of some of the disastrous crimes in the land. He said the country would be better secured if the federal government yields to community policing. According to him, the police would do better if they have information.