The Federal government has commiserated with the people of Offa in Offa Local Government Area over last Thursday’s armed robbery attack during which several people including policemen were killed.
Minister of Information, Alh. Lai Muhammed during a condolence visit on Sunday expressed the displeasure of the federal government over the attack, assuring the people that all those involved in the dastardly act will be arrested and brought to book.
Mohammed’s first port of call was the Kwara state governor, Alh Abdulfatha Ahmed at the Government House Ilorin where he expressed that the entire nation was ‘‘shocked and grieved by the callous acts committed in Offa during which 17 persons, including nine policemen were killed.
Responding Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed thanked the ‘‘presidency for its intervention so far.”
He particularly expressed delight with the promise made by Inspector General of Police to deploy an armoured personnel carrier(APC) that will be stationed specifically in Offa to prevent future occurrence of the incident.
He described the level of the crime perpetrated as ‘‘unexpected’’, a situation which he said was an indication that the country was in a ‘‘challenging situation.’’
The governor said government at this time must accept the fact that the nation was going through challenging time and redoubled efforts towards improving on her security architecture, saying ‘‘this is not the time for blame game’’.
He advocated for effective community policing and improved synergy through effective communications particularly between the military and the police .
At Offa, the minister commiserated with Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, Oloffa of Offa and the people of the town over the unfortunate incident.
He said he was however glad that the people of Offa did not allow the incident weight them down as he saw people already going about their normal business.
thanked the minister for the visit and solidarity with the people of the town.
He asked the minister to use his good offices in ensuring the deployment of two armoured personnel Carrer(APC) to Kwara south axis in order to beef up security in the area.
OBA Esuwoye also called for the establishment of a squadron Mobile Police Unit in the town to complement the efforts of the regular police in tackling crime and criminality in Offa town, lamenting that the town had been attacked four times by armed robbers in the past 10 years.
The Minister also visited the headquarters of the state police command in Ilorin to commiserate with the police commissioner, Ado Lawan over the lost of nine policemen to the dastard bank robbery. He was also at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital) UITH) where he sympathized with the victims of the armed robbery attacks who were on admission there.
The minister was however quick to add that the state and the entire public must learn from ‘‘the mistakes’’ of the incident with a view to improving on security architecture of the entire country.
‘‘What happened in Offa on Thursday shocked the entire nation and is our prayers that the souls of all the victims will rest in peace and also that those badly injured would be healed and recover very soon.
‘‘I want to take this opportunity to also let you know that the entire country is grieving and the entire country is sympathizing with Kwara state and the entire people of Offa .
‘‘But there is also a silver light, despite the losses of the police, it is quite heartwarming to know that some of the suspects have been arrested.
‘‘I spoke yesterday with the IG and he assured me that all the people responsible for the dastardly act would be arrested and brought to justice.
‘‘I hope also that we are all going to learn from the mistakes both the larger public and everybody and we are going to factor this into the larger security architecture in a manner that we will have a much more secured and safe state country’’, he said.