Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested one of the four suspects declared wanted for the robbery attacks on banks in Offa, Kwara State.
The suspect, Michael Adikwu, an ex-policeman, was reportedly dismissed in 2012 by the Kwara State Police Command for allegedly aiding the escape of some robbery suspects while he was attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the state command.
He was reportedly arrested on Tuesday in a town in Kwara State by the DCP Abba Kyari-led IRT operatives, who acted on a tip-off from members of the public who saw Adikwu’s picture among those declared wanted.
Adikwu served three years in jail for his crime but found his way out and allegedly formed a robbery gang with others.
Recall that a merciless robbery gang had stormed some banks in Offa on April 5 and killed scores of people, including nine policemen.
Millions of naira were reportedly stolen during the operation.
Last Friday, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement, released the pictures of four members of the gang captured in a CCTV footage and declared them wanted.
Adikwu was one of them.
A Police source confirmed that he was a police corporal and was dismissed from the Force in 2012 after his alleged involvement in the escape of some robbery suspects.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed that said arrests had been made, but he had yet to receive information on Adikwu’s arrest.
He said, “What I know is that the IRT team and the command are investigating the matter and have been making arrests. The Force PRO will come out with other information at the right time.”