Banking operations will resume in Off a, Kwara state in the next two months after the recent armed robbery attacks that claimed the lives of nine police men and scores of civilians, the Olofa of Ofa,Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, has said. Already, commercial activities have resumed in the town, one week after the attack, as one of the affected banks was already installing new ATM machines to replace those destroyed by the hoodlums. Olofa gave the assurance yesterday when he received members of the Off a Students Association, various groups of artisans and elders forum, who staged mournful walk to his palace in Off a.
He said that he had received assurance from managements of the commercial banks operating in the community. The traditional ruler also said that promises given by governments and their agencies, as well as support from people of the area to shore up security, had also encouraged reopening as well as consoled him on the unfortunate incident.
The convener of the condolence walk, Tayo Tijani, blamed the high number of casualty in the attack on attitude of some people who were using their phones to record the robbery attack. Also, a prominent indigene of Offa, Arc Lola Ashiru, presented cash donations to some victims of the robbery attack, receiving treatment in hospital. Speaking with journalists after his condolence visit to the General Hospital, Ilorin, Ashiru prayed for quick recovery of the people. Ashiru, who gave a cash donation of N40, 000 each to seven injured victims in the hospital also distributed N5, 000 each to other patients receiving treatment in the hospital.