Pregnant police woman, scores killed in Offa bank robbery



Hell was let lose in Off a town in Off a local government area of Kwara state yesterday as suspected armed robbers attacked a police stations and banks killing scores of persons in an operation that lasted for over an hour.
It was gathered that the armed robbers first invaded police stations and killed all those on duty, including those in the cell.
An eyewitness said that corpses of six policemen were taken away in his presence, while efforts were being made to bring out others inside the police station.
Among the police men killed by the armed robbers that reportedly operated in commando style, was a man identified as Pelemo, who was expected to retire in few months and a pregnant police woman.
Thereafter, the robbers were said to have raided all the commercial banks where they also shot some unidentified persons dead.
Some resident who ran to the divisional police stations in Off a for refuge were also reportedly shot dead when the robbers attacked the police stations.
The robbers did not also spare relaxation centre as they were said to have attacked Captain Cook eatery where they also shot some people dead.
Residents who spoke with our correspondent on telephone in an emotion laden voice said heavy gunshots forced many to stay indoors.
Blueprint gathered that the bandits, who operated for about an hour, entered the town around 4:45pm and operated till about 5:40pm as they first reportedly blocked roads from both Ilorin and Osogbo ends.
The hoodlums, who escaped with unspecified amount of money carted from the commercial banks, also reportedly made their escape through Igosun area of the town.
It was also gathered that the bandits, who numbered at least 15, came in different vehicles as they stationed themselves at strategic areas of the town, as it was reported that they also snatched commercial motorcycles to operate and escape.
It was learnt that the general hospital, Off a, where the injured victims were taken, was already over populated by those who secured varying degrees of injury and gun wounds.
The police public relations officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the bank raid, said that victims included a policeman and other individuals.
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