The police said they have arrested additional 12 suspects in connection with the April 5, 2018 bank robbery at Offa, Kwara State.
The police had earlier arrested eight suspects bringing the number of suspects in custody to 20.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the police recovered from the suspects, handsets, IPads and SIM cards belonging to victims of who were killed during the robbery, adding that they all confessed to the crime.
Those arrested include, Adegoke Shogo, 29; Kayode Opadokun 35; Kazeem Abdulrasheed, 36; Azeez Abdullahi, 27; Alexander Reuben, 39 and Jimoh Isa 28, who were arrested in Lagos.
Others are, Azeez Salawudeen, 20; Adewale Popoola,22; Adetoyese Muftau,23 and the trio of Aminu Ibrahim 18, Richard Terry 23, and Peter Kuunfa, 25, who were apprehended in Ilorin.
“These last three suspects were found in possession a Beretta pistol and 14 rounds of live ammunitions, which were recovered,” Moshood stated.
Other exhibits recovered were a Beretta pistol, 20 rounds of live ammunition, four phones and SIM cards.
He explained that the investigation team deployed in Kwara State by the Inspector-General of Police, arrested the suspects, noting that some of them engaged the team in a shoot-out.
Moshood stated that Shogo, an alleged drug baron and Indian Hemp dealer, was arrested in Offa.
“According to intelligence gathered from cultivated and reliable informant, he is alleged to be one of the sponsors of the robbery and the attack on the police station in Offa. He has made useful statements to the roles he played in the armed robbery,” the spokesman said.
He disclosed that Opadokun was just released from prison three months ago after serving eight months of his sentence for armed robbery.
The police added, “A Beretta pistol and six rounds of live ammunition were recovered from him. He has admitted to the criminal roles he played in the Offa bank robbery.
“Reuben 39, a native of Isoko LGA of Delta state, is a notorious bank robber from whom GMPGs, Rocket launchers and several rifles were recovered in 2015. He was released from prison in December 2017.”
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