Michael Adikwu, the major suspect and gang leader of the Offa bank robbery, is dead.
This was disclosed by the Kwara State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN, at Kwara State High Court on Wednesday, when five of the six principal suspects were brought to court.
The five suspects arraigned were Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran. However, Michael Adikwu, a dismissed police constable who was said to have confessed to being the mastermind of the bloody operation was not in court during the arraignment.
No less than 32 people died in the robbery operation which involved five commercial banks on April 5, 2018.
On reviewing the case, Ajibade, who said that his office collected the case file of the robbery operation on Monday evening explained Abba Kyari, the head of Police investigation team, informed him that one of the suspects, Michael Adikwu was dead.
Ajibade said the police was yet to give details of Adikwu’s death and that the five suspects brought to court could not be charged until an amendment was made on the charge sheet.
According to him, “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 also said that the case could not go on because the suspects had no legal representation.
He, however, urged the court to adjourn the case so that the charges could be amended and the suspects could get legal team to represent them. It would be recalled that two lawyers who were representing the suspects announced their withdrawal from the case last week. Justice Halima Salman adjourned the matter till Nov. 30, 2018 and ordered that the suspects should get a legal team.