Offa bank robbery suspects say their confessions were obtained under duress – Independent Observers

Offa bank robbery suspects say their confessions were obtained under duress

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By Bayode Sipasi

Three suspects in the April 5, 2018 Offa bank robbery in Kwara state have told a high court in Ilorin, Kwara capital, that the confessional statements admitting to the crime, were obtained under duress.

Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Abraham were charged to court by the Police with criminal conspiracy to rob the banks, murder of nine policemen and other citizens, and illegal possession of firearms.

Testifying while being led in evidence in the trial-within-trial by Mathias Emeribe, their counsel, Akinnibosun said he was tortured and threatened to make confessional statements.

Akinnibosun alleged that Abba Kyari, deputy commissioner of police, also asked him and the other accused persons to implicate Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“Abba Kyari told me to say that the Senate President Bukola Saraki gave me the guns for the operations. But I declined to do contending that my life is at stake,” he said.

”He promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I can indict Senator Saraki. When I disagreed, they called some policemen to take me back to the cell. During this time my hands were tied to my legs.”

Akinnibosun added that he was the leader of Kwara South Liberation Movement, mobilising young jobless graduates for Rafiu Ibrahim, senator representing Kwara south district.

”The essence is to secure government jobs for the boys,” he said.

Akinnibosun, Ogunleye and Ibrahim gave graphic details of their experience in police custody in Abuja.

They alleged that one Vincent , an inspector, allegedly shot dead five men at the police IRT “theatre room” during one of their encounters.

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