Offa banks’ robbery: Hotelier, 5 others charged to court


A hotelier, Kadir Surajudeen, of Ojomu Doyin compound, Offa, Kwara state, and five of his staff have been dragged before an Ilorin Magistrate’s Court in connection with the April 5 bank robbery in Offa.
The hotelier was said to be the owner of the hotel where the suspected hoodlums that carried out serial banks robbery at Offa town, allegedly lodged before invaded the town.
Other staff arraigned with the hotel executive were: the hotel accountant, Hasssan Kehinde of Omoowo Area; receptionist, Bello Baliqis of Ite-Erin Road; room keeper, Williams Sunday of No. 51, Taiwo Road and Club House Operator, Ibrahim Tunde Yusuf of behind Federal Polytechnic, all in Offa, Kwara State.
The police also arraigned four other lodgers arrested at the hotel. They were: Adeniyi Akeem Oyewale of Onilus Compound; Babalola Sarafadeen of Adu’s Compound; Mubaraq Onawole of Atari Compound and Lateef Balogun of Atari Compound, all in Offa, Kwara state.
They were brought before the court on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and causing disappearance of evidence and giving false information to screen an offender.
Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that others found in the hotel during the investigation failed to give credible information to the police operatives to assist in the investigation concerning their observation in the hotel within the period in question.
The offences contravened Sections 97 and 167 of the Penal Code Law.
The prosecutor, Inspector David Wodi, informed the court that investigation into the case was yet to be completed, even as he left the bail of the accused to the discretion of the court.
The defence counsel, Barrister Joshua Oluwaseun Ijaodola, prayed the court to admit the accused to bail pending the outcome of investigation.
The Magistrate, Mrs. M. B. Folorunso, exercised its bail discretion in favour of the accused and admitted them to bail each at the sum of N200, 000 and two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till May 3 for further mention.

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