EX-Governorship candidate of defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and Ibadan lawyer Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) have condoled with the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mohammed Muftau Gbadamosi, on the robbery in the town.
Fagbemi, who described the attack as a national disaster, donated N500,000 for treatment of the injured.
According to him, the hoodlums’ aim is to dampen Offa’s resilience, but he said the attack will rather strengthen the ancient town’s resolve to be more united, focused and rise above adversity.
He promised to assist with plans to provide adequate security to Offa and its environs.
Fagbemi said: “It is with a heavy heart that I write to commiserate with your Royal Majesty, the Olofa-in-Council, families of the victims and the people of Offa over the unfortunate April 5 robbery.
“The attack, coming at a time when Offa had enjoyed relative peace and accelerated development due to your purposeful leadership, has cast a dark cloud over Offa and the country. Offa is not just a cosmopolitan town; but home to people of diverse origin and culture.
“Personally, my history will not be complete without Offa, which provided me with the foundation of a glorious career. As a prince of Ijagbo and an alumnus of Offa Grammar School, my commitment to the development of Offa and its environs cannot be over-emphasised.
“In the spirit of the ancient tradition of Offa, we, as a people, shall ‘wrestle’ all that seeks to divide us.
“In view of the above, I shall make available my widow’s mite as a token of love for the treatment of the injured.
“Kabiyesi, the incident is most regrettable but I don’t want you to see it as a loss only to Offa town, but as a national disaster and a dent on our collective humanity.”
Abdulrazaq, on his own part, said: “It is with deep sorrow that I commiserate and grieve with the Nigeria Police Force, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi (Esuwoye II) and the people on the attack.
“This attack is not the first, thus I urge the government to emulate other states by providing effective and complementary support to the police to tighten security and protect life and property.
“I also enjoin the police to work assiduously to bring the perpetrators to justice soon.”
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