While Nigerians await the outcome of police investigation into the April 5, 2018 Offa, Kwara State armed robbery attack in which 33 persons were killed, there are growing concerns over the whereabouts of the gang leaders, Michael Adikwu and Kayode Opadokun, two of the arrowheads of the Offa bank robbery.
It is understood that the duo – Adikwu, a former police officer, and Opadokun, a son of an Afenifere chieftain – who were arrested along with 20 of their members, have not been paraded by the police since their detention.
In a press statement last Sunday to update the public with details of the investigation into the robbery and the invitation to Senate President Bukola Saraki to explain his alleged links to the gang, Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), had listed the duo among the 22 suspects arrested so far.
However, when the Police paraded the suspects the same day, Adiku and Opadokun were missing, sparking fears that something untoward had happened.
The fears thickened on Wednesday, when Moshood addressed journalists and the two names went missing on the list of arrested suspects and gang leaders.
The big fear, according to Sahara Reporters, is that both suspects, Adikwu especially, might have been extra-judicially murdered.
Although Moshood told ThisDay last night that the suspected ring leaders were in police custody and helping with the investigation, there were still questions on why they were being kept incommunicado.
“They are alive, helping the police further in the investigation of the bank robbery, including the recovery of 21 AK 47 riffles carted away by their gang during the attack on the Offa Police Divisional Headquarters,” he said in a text message.
Moshood further challenged anyone that said the two suspects had been killed extra-judicially should produce their bodies. “Police don’t kill people, they protect people,” he said.