POLICE say seven suspects have been arrested in the wake of a fierce attack on banks and a police station in Offa, Kwara State this week that left more than a dozen people dead.
A gang of gunmen raided the vaults of at least two commercial banks and opened fire at a police station in the Offa on Thursday, before fleeing the scene in their convoy with an undisclosed haul of cash.
According to authorities, 17 people were killed in the attack – eight of them were police officers.
An Offa resident who witnessed the attack said that the assailants separated into groups to simultaneously strike the banks and the police station.
Kwara State Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has offered 5 million Nigerian naira for information leading to the arrest of the culprits.
Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, visited Offa this weekend to meet with local authorities and victims’ families.
Saraki, a former Governor of the state, described Thursday’s bloodshed as a “savage attack on unsuspecting citizens and establishments.’’
He promised residents of Offa, that “no stone will be left unturned” until the perpetrators are caught.