Offa community in Kwara donates MOPOL barracks worth over N700m to police high command 




By kehinde Emmanuel, Ilorin


Sequel to the April 5 robbery attack on Offa, Kwara State, the community on Thursday handed over a N700 million modern Mobile Police Force (MOPOL) Barracks it built to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.


The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Okikiola, who handed over the barracks, explained that the Offa Descendant Union resolved to mobilize funds to build the barracks in order to forestall a reoccurrence of the incident.


The royal father said that Offa sons and daughters, home and abroad, donated money for the completion of the barrack project which, he noted, was constructed within seven months.

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“On April 5, exactly 267 days ago, dare devil armed robbers invaded our community, went into our banks carted away monies, leaving in their trail of sorrows, tears and blood.


“Thirty three members of the community were killed in cold blood, among them a pregnant woman and children, while some sustained injuries in varying degrees. The singular event has been adjudged as the crudest armed robbery and worst in Nigerian history. What we are commissioning today is a sacrifice borne out of the sweat of our people,”


“As we hand over the base to you, we ask for the deployment of enough personnel to make it achieve its purpose”, he said.

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Information Minister Lai Mohammed charged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to rid Kwara State of all criminal elements before the 2019 general elections.


The minister said cultism, armed robbery, hooliganism and all forms of criminality had become the hallmark of the state.

He said:  “So, my appeal to the police, especially the run-up to the 2019 general elections, is that they must redouble their efforts. You must ensure that every citizen of this state is free to cast his vote and his vote will not only be counted, but his vote would count. And the only way you can assure this is by ensuring that you rid the state of all criminal elements before the general elections.

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The representative of the IGP, Lawan Jimeta, who is a commissioner of police in charge of mobile police force, appreciated the decision of Offa people “in their giant step of contributing to the security of Nigeria and Offa community in particular” and promised that the police would make Offa crime-free.


He also charged members of the community to see security as part of their daily responsibilities by feeding the police force with necessary information that could prevent crime.



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