Offa Robbery: Community Rebuilds Police Barracks After Deadly Attack
The Offa community in Kwara State on Thursday handed over an N700 million modern Mobile Police Force Barracks to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, following the April 5 dastardly robbery attack on the town.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ultra-modern 68 Mobile Police Squadron Base built by the community was handed over to the IGP by the Offa monarch, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Okikiola.
The ceremony, which took place at the parade ground of the barrack was attended by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Alhaji Hamza Bello, among others
In a welcome address, the Offa monarch said following the robbery attack, he contacted the IGP who informed him that the incident occurred largely due to lack of adequate manpower.
He said the community under the aegis of Offa Descendant Union, therefore, resolved to mobilize funds to build the barrack to forestall re-occurrence in the town and surrounding communities.
The Oba said when he informed the IGP about the decision of the community to build the ultra-modern barrack and hand it over before the end of the year, the Police boss doubted the possibility considering the huge funds involved.
“On April 5 exactly 267 days ago, daredevil armed robbers invaded our community, went into our banks carted away monies, leaving in their trail, 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 most cruel armed robbery case in Nigerian history.
“What we are commissioning today is a sacrifice borne out of the sweat of our people,” Okikiola said.
He said Offa sons and daughters home and abroad donated money for the completion of the N700 million barrack project constructed in seven months.
NAN reports that the project which is on a wide expanse of land on the outskirts of the town comprises one Administrative Block of 16 offices, computer rooms, guard house, communication room, 200 capacity conference room and minicell.
The barrack also comprises of three-bedroom commandant quarters, Guard Residential quarter comprising 44 flats of two bedrooms each for rank and files.
Also in the barrack built by the community are Armoury house, Guardhouse and post, communication room perimeter fence wall and gate, 500KVA generator and two boreholes
There was also a built-up epitaph in commemoration of the 33 victims of the April 5th armed robbery attack on the town.
The Oba, who described the project as the first in the history of the nation, noted that Offa is renowned for community development projects.
He recalled that in 2014 when armed robbers struck the community and the Police raised the issue of mobility, his people donated seven Hilux buses to various security agencies.
The monarch urged the IGP to make provision for school and hospital in the new barrack to complement the efforts of the people.