A dismissed police constable, who is a principal suspect in the Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu, is dead.
Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kamaldeen Ajibade (SAN), disclosed this at a Kwara State High Court on Wednesday when five of the six suspects were brought to court for arraignment.The five suspects brought before the court were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.However, Michael Adikwu, who was said to have confessed to being the mastermind of the bloody operation, was not in court during the arraignment.
No fewer than 32 people were killed in the robbery operation that affected five commercial banks on April 5, 2018.
When the case came up, Ajibade who disclosed that his office received the case file of the robbery operation on Monday evening said the head of police investigation team, Mr Abba Kyari, informed him that Adikwu was dead.
He also said the police had yet to give details on the death of the suspect and that the five suspects brought to court would not be charged until an amendment was made to the charge sheet.
He said, “We have the names of six suspects on our charge sheet but they brought five suspects; we cannot go on with the case until we amend the charges because we cannot prosecute a dead person.
The attorney general also said the case could not go on because the suspects had no legal representation.