Offa robbery: Nigeria’s security system sick, say Reps

Written by on April 13, 2018

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the recent robbery attacks on commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, saying the incidents were signs that the country’s security system was “sick.”

The lawmakers said the situation called for the overhauling of the security system.

The House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, asked the police to investigate the attacks and ensure the prosecution of the suspects.

A member from Kwara State, Mr. Olayonu Tope, had raised the robbery attacks as a matter of urgent public importance, urging the Federal Government to beef up security in the entire Southern Senatorial District in Kwara State.

Tope recalled how about 30 armed robbers invaded Offa in broad daylight, shooting at any targets on sight and raiding at least four commercial banks.

Tope said, “Mr. Speaker, they attacked police stations, killed the policemen; they shot at our people and proceeded to attack banks freely without response from any quarters.

“As we speak, all the banks in Kwara-South are shut down. You can imagine the implication on the economy and business of the state.”

“If armed robbers can enter a town, drive in a convoy of about 10 vehicles, sack a police station and raid banks, it calls for an urgent enquiry.”

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, observed that the pattern of the attacks suggested that there might be something more to it.

“This was exactly the same way Boko Haram started and became a problem the country is battling till today”, he added.

A member from Kwara State, Mr. Ahman Pategi, told the House that from the eyewitnesses’ accounts, the robbers operated for more than one and a half hours.

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