for brutally cutting short the lives of innocent people in Omoku,Rivers state while they were celebrating the new year.
The vicious and notorious cultists, according to CSP, Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer in a statement on Thursday said one Don Wanny who is the cult syndicate leader, is still large.
Following the mayhem on January 1, which attracted outcry across the country, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, was immediately prompted to set-up 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 to immediately unravel those behind the killings and bring them to Justice.
According to Moshood, the IGP’s IRT 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 6 of the suspects while others escaped with bullet wound injury to other locations in Rivers, Delta, Imo and Bayelsa States.
While on the trail of the cultists and following intelligence report, Desmond Okotubo, who escaped on the January 3, to Abuja after a shoot-out with the Police Team in a location in Imo State, he was later trailed to Mpape, where he was arrested after serious resistance on Tuesday.
The statement reads: ''This principal suspect, Desmond Okotubo, 32 years hailed from Egbenma in 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 fateful new year day.
''He further gave details of how they planned the Operation in Awara Town Imo State before they carried out the act."
Desmond Okotubo, Moshood said also revealed how 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.
He said, 30 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 year.