The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team attached to the Joint Police Special 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 have arrested Desmond Okotubo a senior gang member of the deadly kidnap-for-ransom and cultist syndicate responsible for the killings of innocent people on new year eve.
Moshood also said that 6 other members of the gang was killed after the team engaged some of the suspects in a shoot-out that lasted several hours in their hideouts at Awara Forest boundary between Imo and Rivers State
“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 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” Moshood said.
The Force Public Relations Officers added that Okotubo 32 years, is a Native of Egbema in ONELGA Local Government Area of Rivers State and he has confessed to being 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 attac.
The Police spokesman said the 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 the investigation.
He said the renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee adequate protection of lives and property across the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.