His New Year Day attack was just one of the many times he brought tears and pain into lives of Nigerians in Niger Delta. Most Nigerians didn’t know much about this ruthless Igwedibia Johnson, aka Don Wani, was.
Wani, as he is fondly called, was killed at his hideout in Enugu yesterday, leaving a trail of crimes across the Niger Delta region where he had maintained a well kitted private army roaming the land without any serious challenge.
Dreadful Wani, the Omoku area commander of the dreaded Icelanders cult group operating in the Niger Delta region, never spared the young, the old, women or children when he strikes.
On New Year Day, he sent about 25 worshipers returning from the Cross-Over Service in Omoku, Rivers State, to their untimely graves like he had been used to.
That was indeed not the first time Wani would be sending a message that he was the meanest militant in Rivers State.
In March 2016, Wani and his cult group had invaded Omoku, killing four brothers, decapitated two of them and made a museum material with their severed heads.
The victims were: 15-year-old SSS 2 student, Chisom Udoh; 23-year-old male identified as Christian; Felix Philip, a second-year NCE student at Federal Government College, Omoku, and one Daniel, who was preparing to write his WASCE and UTME. They were killed inside a room.
Last November, Wani narrowly escaped death when the military raided his camp, shrines, and mansions one early morning.
It was revealed after the raid that Wani’s home was a Hammer House of Horror.
Soldiers recovered 10 human skulls, various human bones, two AK-47 rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), 18 AK-47 rifle magazines, four pairs of military camouflage, five Camouflage T-Shirts, three Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines, 39 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition and one round of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.
Other items recovered, according to the military, including two bags weighing about 25kg, containing substances believed to be Cannabis (Marijuana), three ICOM handheld radios and two Mag One handheld radios.
Wani’s forces were able to hold the Nigerian Army in a gun-battle for over one hour before they were overpowered.
Many of the villains escaped through River Orashe in Omoku. The Nigerian troops, however, arrested seven members of the gang, including two ladies while they were trying to escape during the encounter.
Before then, Wani and his men had blown up Agip gas pipeline in Akala Olu village, Ahoada West Local Government
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