Authorities of the Bayelsa state police command have confirmed the arrest of a notorious cult leader, armed robbery and suspected killer of a corps member in Obele area of Yenagoa, the state capital in 2016.
The arrested suspect, identified as 19 years old Prince Owei aka Big Fela, is an indigent of Ikibiri community, and resident at St. Peters, Ovom.
It was gathered that Big Fela is the second in command of a notorious cult group known as Iceland and suspected killer of a corps member in 2016.
The corps member, James Onuh, who was a graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi in Benue state, was attached to the Bayelsa state ministry of works for his primary assignment.
He was shot dead at Obele junction while using the Automated Teller Machine in 2016.
It was also gathered that the suspect, who was arrested by the special tactical team of the state police command following a direct order from the state commissioner of police, had served at the Okaka medium prison facilities and Ahoada maximum prison for various offences ranging from cultism, robbery and killings.
While police personnel are always shocked to learn that such a notorious cultist and suspected killer are pardoned on the claim of good conduct in prisons, others claim that the quick release of the suspect was facilitated by corrupt officers at the judiciary and the police.
Following reported cases of cultism and armed robbery in Yenagoa metropolis and its attendant consequences on public safety, it was gathered that the commissioner of police Bayelsa state command ordered charged tactical teams to confront cultism and armed robbery in Yenagoa.
Seven specialized units headed by assistant commissioner of police, department of operations, was ordered to out sporadic and targeted operations in flash points areas within Yenagoa metropolis.
Operatives have been dispatched to hot spots on intelligence gathering and surveillance on such miscreants.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the spokesman of the state police command, Asinim Butswat, said the suspect was arrested at the sports complex, Yenagoa, on his way to watch a football match and a locally made revolver pistol, one live cartridge and packets of Rohypnol tablets were recovered from him.
According to him: “On 20th September, 2018, at about 1610hours, operatives arrested a notorious cult leader and an robber who was on the wanted list of Bayelsa state police command.
“The suspect one Prince Owei ‘m’ aka Big Fela 19 years, from Ikibiri community, but resident at St. Peters, Ovom, was arrested at the Sports Complex, Yenagoa, on his way to watch a football match and a locally made revolver pistol, one live cartridge and packets of Rohypnol tablets were recovered from him.”
“The suspect, a jailbird and a confessed member of Icelanders cult group will be charged to court when investigations are concluded.”
“The Command is determined to ensure the safety of lives and properties and is appealing to members of the public to provide useful information that will assist the Police in fighting crime in the State.”