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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Offa robbery: Group demands Saraki's probe

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A group in Offa, Kwara state has requested that Senate President, Bukola Saraki should be probed, over his alleged involvement in the offa robbery attack, where over thirty people were killed.

The spokesperson, Mr. Muyideen Babalola for the Association of Concerned Offa Indigenes Home and Abroad, said the request to probe Saraki is the peoples wish.

As protesters, marched to the palace of Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, in the Idi-Ogun area, went about with placards written: ‘Injustice is dead, justice must prevail,’ ‘RIP to the victims, Saraki is contentious,’ and ‘We cannot trade on injustice.”

Babalola, speaking on the development, said that police inviting Saraki’s was not only in order but also the peoples wish come through.

“The obnoxious act of April 5, 2018, when armed robbers came to Offa, killing over 50 of our dear sons and daughters and some police officers, has taken a toll on us.
“In whatever we do, our past has a way of catching up with us like a shadow. God has answered our prayers in Offa. Our cries have been heard.”

Also one of the group’s executives, Femi Whyte, assert that the march was for justice, alleging that the blood of the dead was crying for revenge.

Whyte asserted that “Since April 5 that the robbers attacked Offa… economic activities of the community have been adversely affected, as banks have remained closed. Our people are being subjected to the pain of traveling to other towns to access money.

“Due to the unrelenting efforts of the Nigeria Police Force… the miscreants have been nabbed… and in the course of police investigation, some top politicians were mentioned to be remotely connected with the robbery.

“But to our dismay and sadness, these politicians mobilized some political jobbers to protest in their favor to jeopardize the ongoing investigation by the Nigeria police.

He said that residents in the area have thrown their weight behind the police to investigate Saraki’s involvement in the robbery.

However, some leaders of the Offa community have asked for caution in the move to form a formidable force towards Saraki’s probe.

Alhaji Najimdeen Yasin, the national president of the Offa descendants union, and the secretary-general, Chief Wosilat Macarthy, in a statement said the community would appreciate thoroughness to ensure justice.

Stating that Offa people had enjoyed “kind gesture and benevolence” from Saraki, stating that the community held Saraki in high esteem. 



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