OFFA Robbery: KWASU VC charges security agencies to redouble efforts

Post on 30 April 2018

The Vice-Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has called on security agencies to redouble their efforts by deploying electronic technology and intelligence gathering to track all those involved in the bank robbery that left many dead in the ancient town of Offa, Kwara State.

Na’Allah, who regretted the killing of the police on duty post and the residents during the bank robbery operation, charged the security agencies to leave no stone unturned to apprehend the perpetrators, to forestall a recurrence.

Reports had it that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had ordered the deployment of high-powered Police Investigation Team, Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), three units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), and Anti-Robbery equipment to Kwara State, to carryout discreet investigation into the bank raids.

This has reportedly led to the arrest of 12 suspects in addition to the ones earlier apprehended by the State Police Command.

Fielding questions from newsmen during a condolence visit to the Olofa of Offa, Oba MufutauGbadamosiEsuwoye II, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the University’s helmsman said as the University for Community Development, KWASU felt the need to condole with the monarch and the people of Offa over the killing of their loved ones by the armed robbers.

He said, “Nigeria is in tough moment right now. What has happened in Offa is an evidence of the kind of crisis that can befall anywhere… So, I’m calling on government, especially our security agencies, to double their efforts. I know they are working hard but this is 21st century; they have to adopt 21st century tactics in constantly guarding our communities.

“I believe part of these strategies will include electronic technology and even physical and intelligence gathering, which must lead to the apprehension of the people that committed this crime. They must catch them.”

Na’Allah noted that to help Nigeria to recover, every educational community must be part and parcel of the solution, adding that students should always lead a life of discipline and hard work.

“That is why we do Entrepreneurship, so that they will create wealth and be self-sufficient. The idea of stealing and robbing would not have occurred to them because they would have a lot at stake as creators of wealth in the society.

“All Nigerian universities must therefore reflect on the curriculum that we are using. It has to be the curriculum that is empowering young people,” he stated.

In addition to that, the Vice-Chancellor charged the Nigerian universities to have zero tolerance for indiscipline, to make their students useful citizens.