Police arrest ex-SARS, two others in connection with Offa robbery

Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested an ex-policeman and two others declared wanted for attacks on banks in Offa, Kwara State.

Recall that four suspects were declared wanted after the bank robberies of April 5. The faces of these kingpins were captured via CCTV in some of the banks they attacked.

The suspects robbed several banks, carted away millions and killed over 30 people, including nine policemen.

One of the kingpins, identified as Michael Adikwu, a police constable, who was tried and dismissed by police authorities, has been arrested.

Adikwu was arrested on Monday by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police, Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and later used as bait to catch two other kingpins.

Speaking on Adikwu, a police source disclosed: “He used to serve in the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Kwara State Police Command until he got involved in robbery. Investigations revealed that some armed robbers, who robbed and killed an innocent citizen were arrested.

Adikwu, then a constable, collected money from them and released them. He was subsequently arrested, tried and dismissed. He was charged to court together with the re-arrested armed robbers. He served three years in prison. How he came out of prison is still a mystery.”

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