NIGERIA Police Force
headquarters, Abuja, said it
has arrested one Desmond
Okotuba, a senior gang
member of the deadly kidnap
for ransom and cult syndicate
responsible for the killings of
innocent people on January 1,
in Omoku, Rivers State.
Parading the suspects
before journalists at the Force
Headquarters yesterday,
the Force Public Relations
Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood
said the IGP-Intelligence
Response Team working on
an actionable intelligence
further identified Desmond
Okotubo, who escaped on
January 3 to Abuja, after a
shootout with the police team
in a location in Imo State, was
trailed to Mpape in Abuja
where he was arrested after
serious resistance on January
CSP Moshood revealed
further that concerned by
the gruesome murder of
innocent people in Omoku on
January 1 by the vicious and
notorious kidnap for ransom
and cult syndicate leader,
Don Wanny and his gang, the
Inspector General of Police,
Ibrahim Idris set-up special
police joint investigation
team comprising the IGPIntelligence
Team, the Force Criminal
Intelligence and Investigation
Department, Force
Department of Operations
and the Rivers State Police
Command to immediately
unravel those behind the
killings and bring them to
“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 wounds to other
locations in Rivers, Delta,
Imo and Bayelsa States and
the police teams are currently
on their trail,” Moshood
He said the principal
suspect, Okotubo, 32, is a
native of Egbenma from
Unelga, Rivers State, and had
confessed to be one of the
masterminds of the gang and
actively participated in the
killings of innocent people in
Omoku 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 December,
2017, on the mission to attack
and kill the residents of
Omoku town. Thirty of them
armed with over 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
“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 renewed commitment
of the Nigeria Police Force
to guarantee adequate
protection of lives and
property across the country
remains unequivocal and
unwavering,” he added.

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