Operatives of the Force Intelligence Response Team, IRT, have arrested six members of Ice-lander confraternity for attempting to assassinate a Delta State politician and businessman, Hon. Sunday Nwakego Okeke.
It was gathered that the suspects, Shedrack Neburagho, Onyema Wire, Onyekachi Amadi, Onyekachi Amadi, Alanko Suloko and Sunday Okoro, also known as G1, were rounded up in Sapele area of Delta State, when operatives of the IRT got wind of their plots.
Sources disclosed to Vanguard that the ringleader, G1, who is said to be a community youth leader in Sapele and has been active in most of the actions leading to community unrest within the area, was said to have recruited five of his cult members from Sapele, Delta State, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Yenagoa, Bayelsa State with the aim of assassinating Hon. Nwakego, who he considered to be his rival.
It was alleged that G1 brought in two AK47 rifles and a pistol for the operation and he also offered to pay the assassins the sum of N2million and kept them in his hotel, from where they monitored Hon. Nwakego’s movements.
He was also alleged to have led the assassins to the politician’s house and his place of business, where they had planned to attack him. They were said to have ruled out attacking him on the road, because he moves around with police escort.
Police sources disclosed further that G1’s plot failed, when one of the suspects, Shedrack Neburagho, who is familiar with Hon. Nwakego, informed him about the plot to kill him and he quickly alerted operatives of the IRT who got G1 and other members of his gang arrested.
On how he got involved, 35-year-old, Shedrack Neburagho, said; I am from Sapele of Delta State and Hon. Sunday Nwakego Okeke, he is a businessman and a boss to my elder brother, Sunday Okoro who is popularly known as G-1, who has a hotel in Sapele is my friend.
Sometime in July 2020, G1 invited me to join him on a trip to Bayelsa State and when we got there we met one Master, who G1, had a conversation with and he linked us to one Onyema Wire, who he told to get some boys for him that he wanted to deal with Sunday Nwakego because he is a bad influence to him and he is collecting all the contracts that were supposed to come to him.
Before then G-1 had killed one of my elder brother’s bosses known as Bore and it affected my brother and the situation wasn’t too good for my brother. Then G-1 cut me off the plan but Onyema kept on telling me what was going on. When the plan was getting to advance stage, I was informed that G1 had brought in two Ak47 and one pistol and the arms were serviced in G1’s hotel, then they have also gone to Nwakego’s house to monitor him from a uncompleted building close to his house and they also went to his night club to monitor his movements at night. I quickly passed this information to Hon. Nwakego and he brought in the police and G1 and some of the boys he brought in to do the dirty job, were arrested. I was also arrested because G1 alleged after his arrest that I also have a gun which I am also using in terrorizing people in our community but that is a lie. He said so because he is not happy that I gave out information about his plan to Kill Hon. Nwakego. .
On his part, Onyema Wire, 36 years old, said G1, promised to pay him the sum of N2million also build him a house if he succeeded in killing Hon. Nwakego. I am from Emowa area of Rivers State and I met G1 through one of my friends known as Master.
I had my first contact with G1 in Rivers State and he told me about the deal to kill the politician and he promised to pay me N2million, build me a house and buy me a car if I assisted him in killing him. I came to Sapele but I changed my mind when I realized that G1 wasn’t trustworthy, but I was arrested before I could return to my base in Rivers State.
He further assured that his administration will soon carry assessment of destruction suffered in the recent violence and take appropriate measures to mitigate the losses and damages to lives and property while sympathizing with families of those killed.