Following the deadly robbery attack that occurred in Offa on 5 April, 2018, the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed promised that the State government would build a new police station in the town within 45 days.
He also pledged to improve the security architecture in the ancient town and that he would do everything within his power to prevent a recurrence.
The governor made the promise on 8 April when he visited the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II at his Palace in Offa to commiserate with him and people of Offa over the robbery incident that claimed scores of lives including 9 policemen.
Ahmed told Oba Esuwoye: “those who perpetrated this evil have saddened and inflicted pain on us but they cannot break our spirit. I assure you that those behind this wicked act will be apprehended and brought to justice swiftly.
“As always, I stand with you in solidarity and support. I pray for the families of the departed and the injured and I salute the valiant police officers who fell on that day. We will do everything within our power to ensure that never again will the people of Offa or any part of Kwara State live in fear or experience such tragedy again.
“In the next 45 days, we will build a new police station for Offa at a more strategic location.
“Meanwhile, I have secured the assurance of the Inspector General of Police that the security infrastructure of Offa will be rapidly scaled up.
But 40 days after the incident and 37 days after Governor Ahmed made the promise of building a new police station, Kwara Daily reports that the governor is yet to fulfil his promise as there is no sign of the state government constructing any police station anywhere in Offa or its environs.
Up till this moment, the State government has not come out to tell the public and particularly the good people of Offa why it is yet to commence the building a police post in the town as promised by Governor Ahmed.
The people of Offa have, however, resort to self-help rather than relying on the State government to build a police post for them. Well-meaning individuals in the town have contributed funds to construct a new mobile police (Mopol) barrack in the town. The construction commenced few days ago.
Will the State government still fulfil its promise of building a police post in Offa? Only time will tell. Kwara Daily will continue to intimate you of latest developments in and around Kwara.
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