- There are worries that gangsters linked to the June 4 bank robbery in Isanlu, Kogi state may be freed
- A group says some desperate politicians in the state may be deploying massive resources towards freeing suspects
- There are also fears that the politicians could sabotage ongoing investigations
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A group, the League of Concerned Professionals from Kogi West Senatorial Zone has alerted the Inspector-General of Police that some desperate politicians in Kogi state may be deploying massive resources towards freeing suspects linked to the June 4 bank robbery
In a statement sent to journalists and signed by its president and secretary, Leke Ishola and Moruf Abdulrahman, the group alleged that police operatives had traced some of the money stolen from the Kogi bank to another bank in Abeokuta.
The group further said another team of policemen have nabbed some of the gangsters using illegal weapons given by politicians during the last elections in Kogi state.
Part of the statement read: “In spite of being underfunded and undermanned, the Nigeria Police Force has demonstrated that some of its intrepid operatives will gallantly resolve very knotty criminal activities but presently, the good works of heroic police detectives is about to be sabotaged by highly placed persons who are deploying massive resources towards preventing the criminals, their weapons and nefarious activities from being traced to them.
“Unless this matter is properly investigated to a definite conclusion, lives of many police officers and other citizens are at stake as no one knows who could be shot or killed tomorrow through the use of these illegal weapons that few politicians have put into wrong hands.
“It is in this regard that we passionately appeal to the IGP not to allow the police DPO, seven other policemen and one passerby killed by the dastardly criminals to die in vain; we fear because we heard that already, a highly-connected suspect detained in Abuja had his telephone handset returned to him, prior to his being freed.”
Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello had given orders to security agencies in Kogi to go after the criminals who participated in the bank robbery.
The attack led to the death of several people including police personnel on duty at the time of the incident.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Onogwu Muhammed, Governor Bello described the incident as unacceptable, dastardly and cowardly, imploring the security agencies in the state to ensure the perpetrators are apprehended.
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