Former Offa Police Station Divisional Police Officer (DPO)in Kwara State, Adamu Danjuma narrated his ordeal when daredevil armed robbers invaded their station and killed nine police officers and eight civilians in April 5, 2018.
“On the said date at about 4:45pm I heard a gunshot from the direction of Captain Cook Eatery Junction in the town; two minutes interval I heard sporadic shootings from that direction heading towards my police station. Immediately, I came out of my office to the charge room (counter). The shootings were approaching the station.
“In response I also fired gunshots into the air from my pistol. As a result there was temporary stoppage of shootings from outside. Suddenly, the shootings started coming in from different directions towards the station. A lady who was manning the pedestrian gate was shot in the arm making her to abandon the place and ran for her dear life. The shootings continued.
“Thereafter, the robbers released explosive into the security tower of the station. Another explosive was released and it hit the main road. This melee disorganised the whole station. Then the ammunition in my pistol got exhausted. This made me run for cover at the back of the station’s mosque.
“At the back of the mosque I sighted three of the armed robbers chasing ASP Julius Pelemo to the back of the station’s fence. Then I heard the shout of the late Julius after a gunshot. Then I heard one of the robbers calling those ones that ran after the late ASP to come over to the charge room (counter). One of them entered the Surveillance Office and shot dead a police woman. From them two of them ran to the charge room (counter).
“I now changed my position to the toilet near the back of the fence.
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