The Nigeria Police on Thursday paraded a notorious cultist, Desmond Okotubo, who allegedly co-masterminded the January 1st massacre in Omoku community in Rivers state.
This comes few days after killing notorious Don Wanny, the alleged mastermind of the Omoku mayhem.
A statement signed by the force Public Relations Office, Jimoh Moshood, said efforts of the special Police joint investigation team, comprising the IGP-Intelligence Response Team, the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Force Department of Operations and the Rivers State Police Command, constituted by the IG, Ibrahim Idris, led to Desmond’s arrest.
According to the police spokesman, 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 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.
The IGP-Intelligence Response Team, working on an actionable intelligence, further identified Desmond Okotubo who escaped on the January 3, 2018 to Abuja after a shoot out with a Police team in a location in Imo State. The police said he was trailed to Mpape in Abuja where he was arrested after serious resistance on Tuesday, the statement added.
The 32-year-old suspect is said to have confessed to be one of the masterminds of the gang and actively participating in the killings of innocent people in Omoku Rivers state on the New Year day. He also gave details of how they planned the Operation in Awara Town Imo State before they embarked on their evil mission.
Okotubo also told the Police how their gang leader, Don Wanny mobilized and briefed them on the night of 31st January, 2017 on the mission to attack Omoku town. He said thirty of them armed with over twenty AK47 Rifles crossed the river from Awara to Omoku forest and proceeded to Omoku town, where they opened fire on residents who just returned from cross-over service.
The suspect will be arraigned in court on completion of investigation, which is being intensified to arrest other members of the gang still at large to get to the root of the matter, the police said.
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