Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:53 pm
The Police on Thursday in Abuja paraded one Desmond Okotubo alleged to be one of a member of the gang of Dony Wanny, the head of the gang who killed about 20 people in Omoku Rivers state on the New Year day.
According to the Police, the suspect, who was arrested in Mpape, Abuja also and actively participated in the killings of New Year Day.
Moshood Jimoh, Force Public Relations Officer said the suspect escaped on the 3rd January, 2018 to Abuja after a shootout with the Police Team in a location in Imo State.
He added that the IGP-Intelligence Response Team attached to the Joint Police Special Investigation Team had engaged some of the suspects in their hideouts in Awara Forest boundary between Imo and Rivers State in a shoot-out that lasted several hours and resulted in the death of six of the suspects while others escaped with bullet wound injury to other locations in Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States.
But 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 Egbenma from Unelga LGA Rivers State Confessed to.
“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.
“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.
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