– The suspect, Michael Adikwu, was said to have been dismissed by the command in 2012 and imprisoned, but found his way out of prison
– He was arrested in connection with the April 5 robbery on Tuesday, May 8
Michael Adikwu, one of the four robbery suspects declared wanted for attacks on banks in Offa, Kwara state, was arrested by the operatives of the inspector general of police Intelligence Response Team.
Adikwu, who was attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of Kwara state police command, was said to have been dismissed in 2012 by the command for allegedly aiding the escape of some robbery suspects.
It was gathered that he found his way out of prison and formed a robbery gang after being remanded for three years.
The suspect was reportedly arrested on Tuesday, May 8 in a town in Kwara state by the DCP Abba Kyari-led IRT operatives, who acted on a tip-off from members of the public who saw Adikwu’s picture among those declared wanted.
A senior police officer said: “He (Adikwu) was a SARS operative at the Kwara state police command. He used to fraternise with robbers. There was a robbery that happened in Kwara state about six years ago. The police were able to arrest those robbers. The robbers killed somebody.
“He collected money from those robbery suspects and released them. Later, the robbers were rearrested and they confessed that he aided their escape. He was arrested, tried in an orderly room trial and was dismissed.
“He was charged to court together with the robbery suspects and was in prison for three years. He and some of the robbers were able to manoeuvre their way out of the prison and formed a robbery gang.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force said it had so far arrested more than 20 principal suspects in connection with the recent bank robbery in Offa, Kwara state.