The police in Kwara State have confirmed that Michael Adikwu, the principal suspect in the now infamous Offa Bank robbery where over 32 people including 12 police officers lost their lives, has died.
The death of Adikwu, a native of Benue State and a dismissed police constable, was made known when five of the suspects were brought to a Kwara State High Court today, Wednesday, November 21, instead of the six that were initially charged.
This was said to have raised suspicions leading to the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kamaldeen Ajibade, asking the reason why the key suspect was missing and the prosecutor disclosed that he had died.
The five suspects arraigned were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.
Adikwu, the former police constable was said to have confessed to being the mastermind of the bloody robbery operation which involved five commercial banks on April 5, 2018.
When the case came up, Ajibade who said that his office received the case file of the robbery operation on Monday evening, said that the head of police investigation team, Abba Kyari informed him that one of the suspects, Adikwu was dead.
Ajibade who said that the police was yet to give details of Adikwu’s death, said that the five suspects brought to court could not be charged until an amendment was made on the charge sheet.
“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 can not prosecute a dead person,” the Attorney General said.
He, however, urged the court to adjourn the case so that the charges could be amended and the suspects could get a legal team to represent them.
In her ruling, the presiding Judge, Justice Halimat Salman, agreed with the State Attorney General that there was the need to effect some changes in the charges preferred against the accused in view of the reported death of the principal suspect and lack of legal representation for the accused persons.
She, therefore, adjourned the case till November 30.