Offa heist: Senate urges Army to set up operating base in Kwara south

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has condemned a recent armed robbery attack on five deposit banks in Offa, Kwara State.

The red chamber also urged the Federal government to consider setting up an Army base in Kwara south senatorial district.

The red chamber also directed the Inspector-General of Police to reinforce security measures to secure lives and properties in the area.

The banks were also urged to consider immediate re-opening of their branches for normal businesses.

The Senate then mandated its joint committees on police affairs and national security intelligence to investigate the matter and report back in two weeks.

Recall that the daring robbery raid which took place on the 5th of April, 2018 led to the loss of 18 persons, including policemen and residents as confirmed by the Police in Kwara State.

The deposit money banks affected were Union Bank, Ecobank, GtBank, First Bank, Zenith Bank and a Micro Finance Bank.

In a motion presented by Sen. Rafiu Ibrahim on Thursday, the Senate was told that the robbers were about 30 in number and they “shattered bank buildings, blew up bank vaults with dynamite and explosives, terrorise workers, customers, passers-by within the vicinity and carted away a substantial amount of money.”

Ibrahim noted with concern that this is the fourth time within ten years that such organised attack will be carried out within the area, adding however that “this one was more severe.”

He said: “The Senate is worried that if such attack is allowed to continue, it may lead to closure of financial institutions in the town and this may cripple commercial activities.”

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