Police detectives are presently combing South-West states to track other suspects involved in the April 5 Offa bank robberies and recover firearms hidden by the gang members, The PUNCH has learnt.
Our correspondent learnt that seven gang leaders were taking police investigators to their hideouts in Kwara, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti states where they were believed to have hidden cache of firearms.
The police had earlier alleged that the gang members carted away 21 AK47 rifles during the attack on the Offa Police Divisional Headquarters where they killed some policemen before they stormed six banks where they looted millions of naira and killed 33 persons.
A source, who is privy to the investigation, told our correspondent in Abuja on Monday that Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, Niyi Ogundiran, Kunle Ogunleye, 35, a.k.a Arrow, and Michael Adikwu, a dismissed police corporal, were assisting the police to recover and mop up arms in different cities and communities in the South-West.
The source said, “We announced during the press briefing in Abuja that we had arrested 22 suspects and we paraded 15 while seven suspects are helping us in the investigation and recovery of arms in the South-West.
“When we are through with the investigation, we would present all the suspects to the public. Opadokun and others are alive and helping us with the investigation. Reports of their death are false information emanating from the social media.”
The source, however, declined to disclose the number of firearms that had been recovered but noted that investigation was still ongoing.
Spokesman for the force, Jimoh Moshood, could not be reached for comment on the development and he had yet to respond to calls and a text message sent to his line as of the time of filing this report.