- A member of Don Waney's criminal gang has been killed by the Nigerian army
- The suspected criminal identified as Austin Agulegbu, was reportedly planning an attack against Rivers people
- He was among the killer squad that killed 23 worshippers returning from the Cross Over vigil on January 1, 2018 at Omoku
- Security agents are on the trail of other members of the group
The Nigerian army has killed a member of the Don Waney criminal gang, Austin Agulegbu, who was described as the chief security officer and the sixth in command to his late boss.
The suspected criminal was killed on Wednesday, February 14, by soldiers who carried out the operation in conjunction with operatives of Department of State Service (DSS).
In a statement by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu who is the deputy director army public relations, it was revealed that the suspect was traced to his hide out at a location along New Sapele Road where he was eventually killed.
The criminal gang was responsible for the death of 23 worshippers in Omoku Rivers state and it was revealed that the gang was planning to unleash mayhem in the state in a reprisal attack.
Read the statement below:
“In compliance with the Presidential directive to fish out and bring to justice the perpetrators of the heinous killings of 23 innocent residents of Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State, on 1st January 2018 by the notorious Don Waney criminal cult group, troops of 222 Battalion, Nigerian Army in conjunction with operatives of the Department of State Service Rivers State Command tracked one of the members of the killer criminal gang, Austin Agulegbu the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late Don Waney and the 6th in Command of the criminal gang.
“After a painstaking effort by the security agencies, Austin was traced to his hide out at a location along New Sapele Road, Obiaruku in Ukwani Local Government Area (LGA) in Delta State in the early hours of 14th February 2018.
“He was among the killer squad that killed 23 worshippers returning from the Cross Over vigil on 1st January 2018 at Omoku, Rivers State.
“Reliable information also has it that he and other gang members still at large were already making plans to attack security agencies locations, churches and schools within Rivers State as a reprisal to the clamp down on their remnants now at large.
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“Agulegbu was however shot in an encounter with the security operatives and died before reaching the hospital.
“His body has been brought to Port Harcourt and handed over to the Rivers state police command.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of cultists connected to the late cult leader and kidnap kingpin, Ejima Igwedibia also known as Don Waney, surrendered their weapons to the government during a ceremony held at the Heroes Square, Owerri, Imo state on Monday, February 5.
Among the weapons surrendered by the cultists are explosives, rocket launchers and high-calibre rifles such as AK-47.
Before the event, Governor Rochas Okorocha who spoke to journalists at the Government House said he had been busy with several phone calls about the success story that the followers of Don Waney had agreed to handover their arms, describing the development as a healthy one since it is believed that it would ensure lasting peace, Vanguard reports.
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