Offa Residents Protest Against Saraki Over Alleged Involvement In Robbery Case
Residents of Offa in the Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State on Tuesday, staged a protest against Senate President Bukola Saraki, over an alleged link to the April 5 robberies in the state that left about 35 people dead including a pregnant woman and some police officers.
The Police had also invited the Senate President following the confession of the five principal suspects.
Spokesperson for the Association of Concerned Offa Indigenes Home and Abroad, Muyideen Babalola, in a speech titled, ‘The wind has blown, the back of the fowl has been exposed,’ said Saraki’s invitation by the police was an answer to their prayers.
He said, “The obnoxious act of April 5, 2018, when armed robbers came to Offa, killing over 50 of our dear sons and daughters and some police officers, has taken a toll on us.
“In whatever we do, our past has a way of catching up with us like a shadow. God has answered our prayers in Offa. Our cries have been heard.”
Another leader of the group, Mr Femi Whyte, said they were marching for justice, adding that the blood of the dead was crying for revenge.
Whyte said, “Since April 5 that the robbers attacked Offa… economic activities of the community have been adversely affected, as banks have remained closed. Our people are being subjected to the pain of travelling to other towns to access money.
“Due to the unrelenting efforts of the Nigeria Police Force… the miscreants have been nabbed… and in the course of police investigation, some top politicians were mentioned to be remotely connected with the robbery.
“But to our dismay and sadness, these politicians mobilised some political jobbers to protest in their favour to jeopardise the ongoing investigation by the Nigeria police.
“It is pertinent to state here without any ambiguity that Offa people are totally against the shameless rally that took place in Offa yesterday (Monday).”
He said all well-meaning sons and daughters of Offa were behind the steps being taken by the police to get to the root of the matter.
He said, “We completely dissociate ourselves from the sponsored rally.
“The souls of the victims are crying for justice. We are waiting for justice to be done. In Offa, we cherish justice, equity and fairnes.”