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Police Arrest Former SARS Operative, on Wanted List, in Connection With Offa Robbery

Valentine Chinyem

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Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, have arrested one of the robbers, who were declared wanted some days ago, over the robbery of some banks and death of 9 policemen and 17 others, in Offa, Kwara

Michael Adikwu, the arrested suspect, is a dismissed policeman, who was attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). He was dismissed in 2012 by the Kwara State Police Command for allegedly aiding the escape of some robbery suspects.

He was arraigned in court, remanded in prison and spent three years before his release and subsequent dismissal from the police.

Adikwu was reportedly arrested on Tuesday in a town in Kwara State by IRT operatives led by, DCP Abba Kyari, who acted on a tip-off from members of the public.

A senior police officer told Punch: “He (Adikwu) was a SARS operative at the Kwara State Police Command. He used to fraternise with robbers.

“There was a robbery that happened in Kwara State about six years ago. The robbers killed somebody and escaped. The police were able to arrest those robbers.

“He collected money from those robbery suspects and released them. Later, the robbers were rearrested and they confessed that he aided their escape. He was arrested, tried in an orderly room trial and dismissed.

“He was charged to court together with the robbery suspects and was in prison for three years. He and some of the robbers were able to manoeuvre their way out of the prison and formed a robbery gang.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Kwara State Command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said arrests had been made, but he had yet to receive information on Adikwu’s arrest.

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