Published on Jan 11, 2018 Greenbarge Reporters
After hours of shootouts between the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team attached to the Joint Police Special Investigation Team, six members of the Don Waney dangerous kidnapping and armed robbery gang were killed.
Information coming from the Police Headquarters in Abuja said that other members of the gang were able to escape from the battlefield with bullet wounds.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood confirmed in a statement today, Thursday, the prolonged cross firing between the officers and the gang members took place in their hideouts in Awara Forest boundary between Imo and Rivers State.
He also confirmed that those with bullet wound injury escaped to other locations in Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States even as he assured that the Police Teams are currently on their trail.
The police spokes person said that the IGP Intelligence Response Team, working on an actionable intelligence, further identified Desmond Okotubo who escaped on January 3 to Abuja after a shoot out with the Police Team in a location in Imo State, adding that the suspect was trailed to Mpape in Abuja where he was arrested after serious resistance on January 9.
He said that the 32 year old Desmond Okotubo, who is the principal Suspect, is a Native of Egbenma from Unelga local government area of Rivers State.
According to Jimoh Moshood, the suspect 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, 2017 on the mission to attack and kill the residents of Omoku town. Thirty (30) of them Armed with over Twenty (20) AK47 Rifles crossed the river from Awara to Omoku forest and proceeded to Omoku town and opened fire on innocent Citizens celebrating the new year.”
The police spokes person said that investigation is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large to get to the root of the matter.
He said that the suspect will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.
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