A suspected cultist, Oluchi Igwedibia, who allegedly took part in the brutal murder of 23 persons in Omoku, Rivers State, on January 1, has been shot dead by security forces.

Igwadibia, who is the younger brother of Don Wanny, was killed in a town in Edo state weeks after he was declared wanted by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on January 9.

Some other 31 persons were also declared wanted.  

A security source told the News Agency of Nigeria that the suspected killer was tracked and shot dead at Sabo Iykpe community in Etsako West, Edo State.

“Oluchi Igwedibia, alias Obatosu and brother of Don Wanny, was the Field Commander of the murderous gang that killed 23 worshipers in cold blood on January 1.

“Igwedibia, after fleeing Omoku town (Rivers) went to Ughelli (Delta) to reside. He rented an apartment in Edo four days ago (January 24) as part of his plan to avoid arrest.”

The source said the operation was carried out by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigerian Army.

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“The DSS later tracked him down to his new hideout in Sabo Iykpe community (Edo) and thereafter called the Army for support.

“When we arrived at his house, Igwedibia hid in his ceiling and later tried to shoot his way out but was shot by operatives,” the source said.

The informant said the area had been cordoned off as search for arms and ammunition was ongoing.

Operatives also arrested and detained Igwedibia’s accomplice who allegedly helped him withdraw money from the bank.

The late Wanny Igwedibia and his gang members received amnesty from the Rivers Government in 2016 but later went back to crime.

Meanwhile, Wike has commended the DSS and the Nigerian Army for the joint operation that led to the killing of Igwedibia.

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A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, a spokesman for the governor, quoted Wike as saying that “all those who participated in the New Year Mayhem at Omoku and any other security infraction in the state will be traced and brought to justice”.

He added that the governor said that the 20 million Naira bounties placed for credible information that would lead to the arrest of the wanted cultists is still in place. 

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