The Kwara state police command has arrested three out of the four suspected armed robbers whose photos were released in connection with the Offa bank robbery attack.
One of the suspect, Michael Adikwu, an ex-policeman, was said to have been dismissed in 2012 by the Kwara State Police Command for allegedly aiding the escape of some robbery suspects.
According to police sources, 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 suspects.
“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” a police source said
While in prison, Adikwu met with other armed robbers, formed a gang and after his “release”, they engaged in series of robbery attacks.
The police is however intensifying in its search for the other criminals involved in the bank attack.