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July 20, 2018

Rivers massacre: Mastermind killed in Enugu – Army

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THE 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt on Sunday confirmed the death of a notorious cultist and kidnap kingpin, Johnson Igwedibia, also known as Don Waney.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Major General. Enonbong Udoh, confirmed the killing when he displayed the corpses of Don Waney alongside two of his gang leaders to journalists at the division’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.
He said the dreaded militant leader was tracked down at his new acquired residence in a suburb village in Enugu State.
The GOC further said the deceased and his gang members were responsible for the New Year attack in Omoku community where scores of persons were killed and wounded.
According to him, Waneys second-in-command, Ikechukwu Adiele, who, he alleged, led the gang of killers that massacred residents of Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Rivers on New Year Day; was among the three shot dead by the combined team of Amy and Department of State Service DSS that carried out the operation.
Udoh said army, in collaboration with DSS, had redoubled their efforts to apprehend Waney, following the directive given by President Muhammadu Buhari, that those responsible for Omoku killings should be caught.
Speaking further, the outgoing GOC said the notorious militant leader, relocated to Enugu, where he rented an apartment and had been mixing up with the neighbourhood He said the deceased were tracked down with the assistance of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.
The GOC said when the troops invaded Waney’s residence, he tried to engage them, but was gunned down by combined security team.
Spokesman of the division, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, had, earlier in a statement, said the gallant soldiers and DSS invaded the new Enugu residence of Waney and shot him alongside his two gang members.
“The authorities of 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt wish to inform the peace-loving people of Otnoku in ONELGA in particular, Rivers State, and, indeed, the entire people of Niger Delta in general, that the notorious cult leader, kidnap kingpin and, mass murderer, Waney, is dead.
“In the early hours of Monday, November 20, 2017, troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army acting on credible information from some patriotic members of the public, raided the evil Waney enclave in Omoku, ONELGA, Rivers State, where shocking discoveries of assorted weapons, dynamites, bags of suspected cannabis, hill military camouflage uniforms, military boots, military communication radios, 10 human skulls and human bones were discovered
“Additionally, in continuation of the operation on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, the troops also exhumed decomposing bodies of some of his victims in his shrine in the glaring eyes of the media, who were invited to witness first hand.
“Perhaps, not satisfied with the numerous lives of innocent citizens he took, Don Waney masterminded the despicable New Year Day mayhem in Omoku, in which he led his notorious gang of criminals to murder 23 peace-loving citizens of Omoku, when they were returning from Cross-Over service at about 1:30am on Monday, January1, 2018,” lliyasu said.
Meanwhile, residents of Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State, have expressed doubt about the killing of Don Waney and called on the Nigerian Army to bring his corpse to the community for confirmation.
Waney’s long reign of terror in ONELCA, which left several persons murdered and businesses closed, came to an end last weekend, after a combined team of military and Department of State Service (DSS) killed him alongside two of his allies in an Enugu State hideout.
This was as group of elated Omoku people on Monday, staged a rally to mourn those allegedly murdered by Waney and to jubilate over his death.
Omoku women, in particular, demanded military authorities to display his corpse at the council headquarters as proof that his death is not a hoarse as it happened in November last year, when security operatives raided his Aligwu home.
The rally was organised by Mela Claude Ake in conjunction with Omoku Youth Federation.
A scared septuagenarian said: “Let them bring his dead body. The last time they said they had killed him and we were happy, but he came back this New Year night to kill our children for celebrating his false death.”
The earlier fake rumour of his death, promoted by local vigilance group, ONELCA Security Peace and Advisory Committee (OSPAC), was, however, not confirmed by the military and police unlike the case penultimate Sunday.
The community youths called for an end to cultism and mindless killing in Omoku and entire ONELGA, blaming politicians and oil multinationals in the locality for patronizing the criminals in the place and providing the motivation for the recurring killings.



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