BY EMMANUEL EDOM•
Following the gruesome murder of innocent people in Omoku, Rivers State on January 1st, 2018 by the vicious and notorious kidnap for ransom and cult syndicate leader Don Wanny and his gang, the Inspector General of Police (IG) Ibrahim K. Idris, set-up special Police joint investigation team, comprising the IGP-Intelligence Response Team (IRT), the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Force Department of Operations and the Rivers State Police Command to immediately unravel those behind the killings and bring them to Justice.
The IGP-Intelligence Response Team IRT attached to the Joint Police Special Investigation Team engaged some of the suspects in their hideouts in Awara Forest boundary between Imo and Rivers State, the shoot out lasting several hours resulted in the death of six (6) of the suspects, while others escaped with bullet wound injury to other locations in Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States and the Police Teams are currently on their trail.
In a statement by Mr. Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relation Officer, the IGP-Intelligence Response Team IRT working on an actionable intelligence further identified Desmond Okotubo, who escaped on the 3rd January, 2018 to Abuja after a shoot out with the Police Team in a location in Imo State, he was trailed to Mpape in Abuja where he was arrested after serious resistance on the 9th January, 2018.
This principal suspect, Desmond Okotubo 32yrs, is a Native of Egbema from Unelga LGA Rivers State and has since confessed to be one of the masterminds of the gang and actively participated in the killings of innocent people in Omoku Rivers state on the New Year day.
He further gave details of how they planned the Operation in Awara Town Imo State before they carried out the act.
The suspect, Desmond Okotubo also revealed to the Police how their gang leader, Don Wanny gathered them and briefed them on the night of 31st January 31, 2017 on the mission to attack and kill the residents of Omoku town.
He said 30 of them armed with over 20 AK47 rifles crossed the river from Awara to Omoku forest and went to Omoku town and opened fire on innocent citizens celebrating the New Year.
However, Police said investigation is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large to get to the root of the matter. The suspect will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
The police spokesperson said the renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee adequate protection of lives and property across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.