Could it be said that two notorious members of the Offa bank robbery identified as Michael Adikwu and Kayode Opadokun had suddenly disappeared from among the remaining gang members?
NATIONAL NEWSBEAM that has been following the trends noticed, sadly that in a sensitive case as this can be manipulated or is attempted to be manipulated despite the cry for justice all over Nigeria.
You will recall that in an earlier press statement on 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 Kayode Opadokun, “Male, 35 years, principal suspect” and one “Michael Adikwu, Male, 30 years, sectional gang leader, said to have killed 22 persons, mostly at the police station” 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 suspicious had happened. The fears in the public domain is that both suspects, Adikwu especially, might have been extra-judicially murdered to cover up certain aspects of the issue shrouded in top secrecy.
Recall that on Wednesday, when Moshood addressed journalists, the two names no longer featre on the list of arrested suspects and gang leaders.
Information released earlier by the Police on Adikwu stated: “Michael Adikwu, is a native of Apa LGA of Benue State, a dismissed police CPL (corporal) who was arrested, tried and dismissed from the force and charged to court by the police in 2012 in Kwara State for criminal conspiracy and aiding the escape from lawful custody of armed robbery suspects.
“He served three years in prison and subsequently found his way out in 2015. He became a vicious and notorious gang leader of armed robbery syndicate wanted for several armed robberies in Kwara and other states of the north-central and south-west.”
Adikwu, though, gave a contrasting account of his stay in the Police, although he did admit that he had developed a thick hatred for the Police in what he described as wrongful dismissal from the police.
“I was formerly working with the Kwara State Police Command, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS),” he said.
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