My sister went to report a peeping Tom to the police when she was killed –Brother of Offa robbery victim
Written by Uthy on April 14, 2018
The event of last Thursday in Offa, Kwara State, will perhaps remain unforgettable in many months to come. That day, mothers lost their children; children lost their mothers; husbands lost their wives; and wives lost their husbands. Everyone was thrown into mourning.
On that bloody day, robbers said to be numbering about 30 invaded the rather quiet town, blocked the roads connecting Ilorin, Kwara State with Osogbo, Osun State, then entered the Owode Police Station in the town. Their first mission was to disarm the police. And so they did.
Thereafter, they reportedly distributed themselves into five groups, each group comprising of about six, and unleashed horrifying attacks on five banks in the town.
By the time their about an hour’s operation ended, they had killed scores of policemen and residents of the town and sent a shocker across Offa’s neighbouring towns and villages.
A week after, families have continued to mourn their beloved ones who died in the attack, but a rather unusual story of one of the victims was that of Mrs. Kuburat Salam.
According to Salam’s brother, who is a former Secretary, Offa Local Government Area, Mr. Muftau Adeyemo, Salam had met her untimely death when she went to report a man who was peeping at her while having bath at her residence and was discussing with a policewoman at the Offa Divisional Police Headquarters.
Adeyemo, whose cousin, simply identified as Adesina, also got wounded by a bullet in the incident, explained that the Peeping Tom had visited a friend who lives in the same compound with Salam.
He added that when Salam noticed that the young man was allegedly peeping at her when she was bathing, she confronted him but the man was not remorseful.
Adeyemo said, “Salam was killed. She went to the police station. My sister was married, she was about 40 years. She was living in a ‘face-you-and-face-me’ apartment. She was bathing and a young man was living in that compound. A guy came to visit him. He walked across the bathroom where my sister was bathing, and I learnt he was peeping into the bathroom. My sister confronted him and said, ‘you are not living here and you just came to peep at a woman bathing?’ The man ran away.
“When my sister’s husband came back home, they went to the shop of the young man living in that compound. They met the man who was peeping and he started fighting my sister. So, the people around advised that my sister should report the man to the police. She went to the police station and the police arrested the Peeping Tom and his friend and detained them.
“On the second day, the neighbours pleaded that the men should be released and that we should withdraw the matter. The police said my sister who reported the case must be at the police station before the men could be released. My sister then went there and the matter was settled. The two young men went away.
“My sister was later discussing the incident with a policewoman within the police premises; the policewoman was not around when the matter was reported the previous day. As my sister was narrating the story, the robbers came in. She ran inside the police station, but the robbers followed her and killed her and everybody in the police station.
“It was only the Divisional Police Officer and the Divisional Crime Officer who escaped. At least nine policemen and 10 civilians were killed in the police station alone, let alone those who were killed outside the police station and at the banks.”
Describing what happened to his cousin, Adesina, who was also injured, Adeyemo said the young man had gone to one of the banks to withdraw money.
He explained that as soon as Adesina parked and alighted from his car and was heading towards the Automated Teller Machine section of the bank, one of the robbers ordered him to come.
He added that before Adesina could cross the road to meet with the robber, a street urchin that also wanted to collect money from Adesina was gunned down by one of the robbers.
Adeyemo said. “Adesina wanted to withdraw money from the ATM. One of the robbers who wanted to collect his car key from him commanded him to bring the key. He wanted to move, but the robber said, ‘No, just stay with me.’ Another robber came and said, ‘Who is this person? The first robber said, ‘I am the one that asked him to stay.’
“The second robber said, ‘Nonsense.’ He cocked his gun and shot at him. Adesina fell down and pretended as if he had died and later when the robbers left, he was rushed to the hospital where he is being treated.
“Even my friend, Alawunde Jamiu, who was a staff of a microfinance bank near Zenith Bank was killed. He thought they were his customers and wanted to receive them. They asked him, ‘Where is the key to the strongroom?’ He said he was not the manager. They shot at him.”
Adeyemo said last Thursday’s robbery attack was an unfortunate incident and still shocking to him.
He faulted intelligence gathering and the security situation in Offa in particular and Kwara State in general. He said the robbers might have been visiting Offa before the day they finally struck.
He said it was needful to take security serious in the state, adding that Offa had witnessed many robbery attacks in the past.
He also called for more vigilance among security operatives in the community.
Adeyemo said, “We do not take security as an important issue in this state generally. In 2013 when armed robbers came to the Offa Divisional Police Station, they killed most of the policemen. Now, the Commissioner of Police came and said, ‘you just choked up yourself here. Change the direction of the gate.’
“If you get to that police station, you will see one top security post. They use ladder to climb and then they will remove the ladder to watch. That day (Thursday), nobody was there even to watch what was happening. If you enter that police station, it has only one main gate. There is no exit. They just choked themselves with all the shops. There is only small gate at the back leading inside the market which will make it difficult for people and police officers to run away in the event of crisis.
“We have to give better orientation. These are young boys between 18 and 22 years. They need a lot of orientation from the school and the community. Community policing is very important so that if anybody comes in here, I can immediately know if he is or not from Offa.”