Gift David Okpala Okpolowu, popularly called ‘2Baba’, who masterminded the killing and decapitation of Superintendent Bako Angbashim, Ahoada Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Rivers State, has over 40 guns in his hands.
‘2Baba’ also contacted a native doctor from the Ogoni area of the state to help him kill DPO Angbashim spiritually, which was why they were able to defeat the officer physically.
The suspect, whose name was not given, was arrested by youths and about to be lynched. But policemen took him away.
The Public Relations Officer of the Rivers Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the arrest of the suspect involved in killing of the DPO.
The suspect said his boss had contacted a native doctor from the Ogoni area of the state, who helped them kill DPO Angbashim spiritually before they attacked him physically.
He said: “I will not lie, when they killed the DPO, I was not there. I was across the river. I will not lie, I have a conscience.
“When they brought the Rivers DPO, I did not see him. I swear. I don’t know where they buried him. But I know where they brought him from.
“’2Baba’ (Gift David Okpala Okpolowu) has over 40 guns. He calls the person who supplies guns to him on the phone.
“He pays the person and then they will supply the guns. But I don’t know him
Meanwhile, the arrest of Ikegbidi came on the heels of an indefinite suspension slammed on him by the state Governor, Siminilayi Fubara.
The governor, in a statement, had accused the monarch of “ceding control of his territory to the notorious David Gift and his gang to freely operate and carry out their criminal activities.”
Fubara stated, “Thirdly, His Majesty, Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi Eze Igbu Akoh II, is hereby suspended indefinitely for acts of complicity in ceding control of his territory to the notorious David Gift and his gang to freely operate and carry out their criminal activities.”
Though it was not clear if the monarch was arrested by the police or men of the Department of State Services, a top security source confirmed his arrest to our correspondent on Monday.
It was gathered that he was later handed over to the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in Port Harcourt for interrogation.