. Enobong Udoh disclosed how the men of the Nigerian Army killed the notorious murderer and kidnap kingpin while the Army paraded corpses and arms and ammunition of the deceased gang members recently in Port Harcourt. He said security agencies, complying with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, trailed Don Wani and his gang members to their hideout in Enugu.
“We are happy to inform that Don Wani, a notorious cultist, kidnap kingpin and mass murderer who masterminded the murder of 23 worshippers returning from crossover service is dead. He stated. Don Waney and his gang members received amnesty from the Rivers Government in 2016 but later went back to crime.
“We traced Wani and some of his gang members to their hideout in Enugu town where they rented an apartment and lived with other people in the neighborhood like normal people.
“The criminals were killed after a combined team of troops of 82 Division Army, Enugu and personnel of Department of State Security (DSS) raided his hideout to arrest him and his members,” he said. Udoh said the criminals on sighting the advance of security operatives to their residence, attempted to escape through the back door of the apartment but were shot by troops.
He said others shot dead were Waney’s second-in-command, Ikechukwu Adiele, and another suspected gang member, Lucky Ode.
“One of them died on the spot while the other two who sustained gunshot wounds eventually died on their way to the hospital.
“Intelligence showed that the gang was already perfecting plans to attack churches, schools; army and police locations and residents of Omoku town before the raid on his hideout,” he said. The GOC said weapons recovered from the gang at their hideout are three AK 47 assault rifles and eight AK 47 magazines, among others.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Rivers Police Command, Zaki Ahmed, said the successful operation was proof to the commitment of security agencies to rid the state of criminals.
“Young men and women should desist from joining up with gangs because at the end of the day, the law will catch up with them,” he said, while noting that it took the combined effort of security operatives to get the job done.
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