Apparently, millions of naira from Federal Government’s amnesty program was not enough for Prosper David, a dreaded militant whose gang has just been smashed by the police.
Known as the Militant General, David met his waterloo during a shootout with the police in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The police, who also described David as a Sea Pirate, said that the militant couldn’t stay away from crime for long after he embraced the Amnesty program.
He was found to have masterminded the November 22, 2017 kidnap of Mrs Tina Bob-Manuel in her shop at 107 Nvuigwe Road, Woji, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, among several others that had set detectives, led by ACP Abba Kyari, on his trail.
According to the police, one AK47 rifle, one magazine, 26 rounds of live ammunition, four expended ammunition and a Nokia phone belonging to a kidnapped victim with which ransom negotiation was done were recovered from him.
Information also has it that on February 21, at about 10:45 a.m, officers from the Intelligence Response Team traced David to Bayelsa State, where he was fatally injured during gun battle.
He was said to have gone underground after the collection of the ransom in two installments, 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, suspect was tracked to Asiri area of Yenagoa, in Bayelsa State, to his new rented apartment. On sighting the operatives, he ran into the ceiling from where he engaged the operatives, but he was neutralized and fatally injured.” Police revealed.
Suspects arrested for the kidnappings include one Johnson Denis, the driver to the suspected kidnap kingpin, and the victim’s phone that was allegedly recovered from him.
Others also apprehended are Benjamin Johnson and Anthony Joshua. Effort is ongoing to apprehend other fleeing members and possibly recover more arm, said the police.