In Follow up to the kidnapping of Mrs Tina Bob-Manuel, on 21/2/2018, IRT Operatives traced the kingpin, one Prosper David a “Militant General who embraced the federal Government Amnesty program but later formed a kidnapping gang in Bayelsa State.
IRT Operatives have been on his trail for a long time after he masterminded the kidnap of Mrs Tina Bob-Manuel on 22/11/2017 in her shop located at No.107 Nvuigwe Road Woji Port-Harcourt and several other kidnappings.
The suspect went underground after the collection of ransom in two installments and when he sensed that the Police were closing in on him, he changed his contact number known to his personal driver that was earlier arrested by the Police and relocated his family from Victory Estate Azikoro Yenagoa in December 2017 to the Creek all in a bid to avoid arrest.
After about 90 days of painstaking intelligence gathering with Technical assistance Support from TIU, the suspect was tracked to Asiri area of Yenagoa Bayelsa state to his new rented apartment and on sighting the operatives, he ran into his apartment ceiling from where he engaged the Operatives but was neutralized and fatally injured which led to his death.
Suspects arrested for the kidnappings are Johnson Denis driver to the kidnap kingpin and the Militant General, Prosper David (deceased) kidnap and “Militant General”. Benjamin Johnson and Anthony Joshua are 2 more Gang members of the kidnap Kingpin who were also arrested between 21/2/18 and 14/3/18.
Exhibit recovered includes: One AK47 Riffle, one magazine twenty Six rounds of live ammunition, 4 expended Ammunitions and a Nokia phone belonging to his kidnap victim with which Ransom Negotiation was done.
Serious efforts are in top gear to arrest other gang members and recovery of more arms.