The Special Police joint investigation team set-up by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, comprising the IGP-Intelligence Response Team, the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Force Department of Operations and the Rivers State Police Command to immediately unravel those behind the Gruesome Murder of Innocent people in Omoku Rivers state on the 1st January, 2018 has yielded result.
In a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officers CSP Jimoh Moshood, he said that The IGP-Intelligence Response Team 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 shootout lasting several hours 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 and the Police Teams are currently on their trail.
The Police Spokesperson said that the IGP-Intelligence Response Team working on an actionable intelligence further identified Desmond Okotubo who escaped on the 3rd January, 2018 to Abuja after a shootout 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.
He further reiterated that Desmond Okotubo is a Native of Egbenma from Unelga LGA Rivers State 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 of them Armed with over Twenty 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, Jimoh said
The Police spokesperson 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 further said that the suspect will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation.