Offa robbery: How Armed robbers killed armoury officer in his sleep – Witness
Police Station Guard during the April 5th, 2018 Offa bloody armed robbery incident, Sergeant Sulaiman Mahmoud Tuesday said the daredevil men of the underworld shot dead the armoury officer of the Offa police division Oke Kayode in his sleep.
Giving his testimony at the Kwara state High Court at the continuation of hearing Mahmoud (PW6), said that the armoury officer, Oke Kayode was on medication and sleeping in his office, when the robbers struck at about 4:45 pm.
Mahmoud said that he lost his AK 47 rifle during the robbery incident, adding that the gun dropped while scaling the police station fence to escape superior fire power of the hoodlums.
“I was at the entrance of the police station when I suddenly heard gunshots from Captain Cook junction. I ran into the police station shouting to alert others that armed robbers were approaching our station. I ran for cover shooting to scare the robbers away. Suddenly, my gun got hooked and no one to assist me. I ran into the escape route of the station with my rifle. As I was about scaling the fence, my rifle fell off me and I couldn’t go back to retrieve it as the armed robbers already took over the station. After the shooting subsided, I came back to meet my colleagues crying. I went to the place where my rifle fell off me, but I didn’t see it again,” he said.
Mahmoud also said during cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, that Inspector Kayode Oke was killed in his office while sleeping as he was on medication for his illness.
The court also ordered the prison authorities to see to medical complaint of the first accused person in the robbery case, Ayoade Akinnibosun, who the defence counsel said needs serious medical attention.
The defence counsel had told the court that Akinnibosun is having severe pains on his wrist, ankle and right lap.
The counsel added that Akinnibosun “had swollen on his right lap close to his scrotum. The pain has been constant, repeated and severe. He needs a thorough medical examination.”
The presiding judge, Justice Halima Saleema also overruled objection to the admissibility of the death certificate raised by the defence counsel.
The defence counsel had objected to the admissibility of the document, saying that the documents are not coming from the maker and thus not admissible.
While adjourning the case to December 22, 2020, Justice Saleema agreed to long adjournment moved by the prosecution counsel, Bola Razaq Gold.
Gold had said that the police officer, who is the prosecution’s next witness, Danjuma Mohammed Garba, is away in Somalia on a national assignment and would complete the programme on December 15, 2020.
Gold had said that the video recordings and CCTV shots of the robbery incident in the affected banks ought to be played and analyzed in court by Garba before any other witness would give evidence.
“Without tendering those documentary evidences through him, our other witnesses would not be able to give evidence,” he said.