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Confusion as Kidnapper names Lawmaker as his Gang member

 

There was confusion and misunderstand­ing yesterday between the Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command and the State House of Assem­bly, following an allegation by suspected kidnapper and cultist, Justice Oti, popularly called ‘High Tension’, that a lawmaker in the state is a member of his cult gang.

The 24-year-old suspected cultist, an indigene of Odisa­ma in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, who was nabbed in Bauchi State, had allegedly admitted being a member of Icelander cult, adding that he had killed over 15 members of a rival Greenlander cult gang.

The suspected notorious kidnapper and murderer during interrogation had told the police that a member of the Rivers State House of As­sembly is allegedly a member of their gang, thereby setting confusion between the As­sembly and the Police.

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Oti, who had embraced the amnesty offer of the Riv­ers State Government, noted that he did not completely surrender his arms and am­munition, adding that the Greenlander members never submitted their guns, but only deceived members of the amnesty committee.

It was gathered that the state police command had written the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, to release the lawmaker for interview by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, headed by Mr Akin Fakore­de.

In the letter, obtained through a source close to Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, dated October 9, the command indicated that it was investigating cases of kidnapping and murder in Ahoada East Local Gov­ernment Area involving Oti and members of his gang and urged the assembly to release the lawmaker mentioned.

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Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ikuinyi Owaji-Igbani, has de­nied receiving any letter from the state Police Command demanding the release of the house member, fingered by Oti.

Owaji-Igbani stressed that the House is not aware of any letter from the com­mand, adding that there is a standard procedure to invite a lawmaker involved in any unlawful act for questioning.

He said: “It is the standard norm that if any member of the Rivers State House of As­sembly is wanted or needed by any security agency for interview for whatsoever rea­son, the agency responsible will write through the DO, who is a security personnel resident here, who will now inform the Speaker that a member is needed for inter­rogation by the police, DSS or any other security agency.

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