Suspected killer of Naval officer, Police officers shot dead
The Police officers attached to Imo State Police Command have shot dead a suspect involved in the murder of a Navel officer and several police officers in the State.
The hoodlum, Osita Ogbuiri aka Shina Rambo, a native of Mmahu in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, was killed on July 27 around 9 a.m. in a gun battle with police at their hideout in Utuma/Ukwa, a border town between Abia and Cross River State.
The Police spokesman, CSP Michael Abattam, said in a statement on Thursday that the suspect, who was among the inmates who escaped from the Imo Correctional Centre Owerri on April 5, 2021 while serving life imprisonment for the murder of two people, also allegedly killed the Town Union President of Mmahu Egbema in Ohaji Egbema LGA, Charles.
He said: “The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives engaged them in a gun duel but were overwhelmed by the superior fire-power and professional dexterity displayed by the gallant police operatives.
“The escapee serial killer kingpin, Osita Ogbuiri aka Shina Rambo was neutralized in the process while others escaped with bullet wounds. One pump action gun with 17 expended and four unexpended cartridges were recovered at the scene.
“After escaping from Imo Correctional Centre Owerri, he went into hiding in a neighbouring state, where he formed a terror group, operating in Ohaji Egbema LGA and its environs, terrorizing innocent people in the Community.”
He claimed that the suspect was a member of the deadly cult group “DE-GBAM” and had been involved in several security agency killings.
“It is on record that he led his gang members in the killing of Charles Mgbarahu of Mmahu Egbema in Ohaji Egbema LGA and six others on February 8, 2022, in a rivalry cult clash.” He also murdered a police inspector in Obokofia on the 9th of July, 2022, and a naval officer on the 21st of July, 2021, both in Ohaji Egbema,” he said.
He stated that the notorious bandit’s body had been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, and that the community is still in shock while efforts are being made to arrest other members of the gang at large.