An ex-Militant General, pardoned by the Federal Government in 2009 was yesterday shot dead by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team, IRT, of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF.
The deceased, Prosper David, after embracing the Amnesty programme of the Government for few years, was reported to have, not only gone back to what he knew doing best, but also added two other violent crimes of kidnapping and sea piracy to his criminal fold.
For several years, his gang that he formed in Bayelsa state, traumatised the residents and security operatives in Balyesa and the Rivers state especially Port-Hacourt popularly known as the Garden City.
His kidnap of a business woman, Mrs Tina Bob-Manuel on 22nd of November 2017 led to his waterloo as the efforts of operatives of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by Mr Abba Kyari, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, yielded fruits yesterday.
David and his gang where defeated in a fire exchange gun duel with the police, in his hideout in the creeks, the haven he recently relocated, having left his former place of abode known as “Victory Estate” in Bayelsa state.
His driver, Johnson Denis, two gang members, Anthony Joshua and Benjamin Johnson who fought along with him in the battle between them and the Police were lucky to have escaped the police bullets, but they were captured alive.
Recovered from the gang was one AK-47 Riffle, 26 rounds of live ammunitions, one magazine and Nokia phone that the source said belongs to Mrs Bob Manuel.
IRT operatives said they are in hot chase of other members of the gang, stressing that the deceased gang leader and his members had for the past 90 days remained mystery to the police with their escape modus whenever the police closed up on them.
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