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Untold Story Of Kelvin, The Most Wanted Kidnapper

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Lethal exploits Killed ex-deputy governor –

According to the DSS, Kelvin was responsible for the kidnap and killing of Dr. Chudi Nwike, a former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, between 1991- 1993, while in captivity. The former deputy governor under Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife was kidnapped, March 19, in his hometown and two weeks on, his corpse was found in the middle of the road leading to Alizomor community, near Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.

He was taken to an unknown destination where negotiations for ransom reportedly failed to yield results. His body had a cheque of N30 million hung on its neck with a note, which read: “Your death was as a result of your action. You thought we were joking.”

Abducted Ozekhome, SAN – Kelvin the DSS claimed, master
minded the kidnap of Ozekhome on 24 August, 2013, along Auchi–Benin Road, during which four policemen were killed. He is also responsible for the following kidnaps, Judge of the Edo State Judiciary, and a top female official of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.

Military men on the streets of Kokori, Delta State, after Kelvin's arrest
Military men on the streets of Kokori, Delta State, after Kelvin’s arrest

Kidnapped NYSC, security personnel –
The DSS said the suspect was the brain behind the killing of several members of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members and security agents and also “masterminded various attacks against security personnel, carried out several armed robberies and kidnap operations in Delta, Edo, Rivers and Anambra States.”

Massacred prison warders in Warri –
In March, the DSS said he led a bloody operation in Warri, where he hijacked a Prisons vehicle, conveying his men and other awaiting trial inmates, killed three prisons wardens on the spot, snatched two of his gang members and shot dead a top official of the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Effurun, near Warri, late Julius Ogungbemi, as he fled after the broad daylight operation.

Attacked PDP Vice Chairman, Dr. Oru, Hon Elumelu- The DSS alleged Kelvin was the architect of the coordinated attacks on  member of the House of Representatives, representing Oshimili/Aniocha constituency,  Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, and the National Vice-Chairman, South-south of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Steve Oru, in Eku and Agbarho areas of Delta State, in February.

Seized Prof Eghgha, killed police escort- Sunday Vanguard learnt the suspect was the person that kidnapped the Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, Professor Hope Eghagha, and killed his police escort in the process.
The commissioner, who was freed after millions of Naira was collected by him as ransom, said at an occasion in Wellington Hotel, Effurun, that it was not an experience he would wish to talk about.

Took Prof Mouhoghare’s wife captive- The wife of the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in the state, Prof. Patrick Muohoghare, was said to have been held by the Kelvin gang and the university don made to cough out millions of Naira to free his spouse.

Abducted many DELSU lecturers- No fewer than 20 lecturers of Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, were kidnapped in the last 20 months. Some of the kidnaps were believed to have been masterminded by Kelvin gang. Up till date, a lecturer of Science Education in the Delta State University, Abraka, Dr. Mercy Mokobia, who was abducted from her matrimonial home in Obiaruku, in April, has not been found. It is feared that she might have been killed.
Took SSG’s son hostage – He allegedly abducted Markson Macaulay, 29-year-old son of Secretary to State Government, SSG, Delta State, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay in 2012.

Operation uncovers Kelvin’s armory, associates
The news that Kelvin had been apprehended still sounded like a miracle to many people in Kokori. Some of them found it difficult to accept that the suspect, assumed to have been supernaturally fortified to a degree of invincibility, was really taken into custody. Even when soldiers battled the youths, who barricaded a major road in the town after the chief priest, Michael Omonigho, was arrested, on Wednesday, they fought back as if to say they were also invincible.

But if there is something that is unambiguous to the soldiers, who are presently on ‘internal operation’ in the tensed Kokori, it is that whatever is associated with Kelvin and his gang should be smoked out.

A security source said, “It is suspected that Kelvin would have an armory somewhere in Kokori and the talk about him not having his operational base in the community is a diversionary ploy. Whatever happens, the soldiers have instructions to cordon off the community and they will embark on a house-to-house search soon to smoke out the members of Kelvin’s gangs, holed up in their hideaway in Kokori,”

Governor Uduaghan gave the hint that the military siege to Kokori might take a long time, as security agents would do what they had to do.

Arrest of juju priest
It was the hunt for Kelvin’s associates that led to the arrest of the juju priest (Ose Egba) of Kokori, alleged to have prepared protection charms for the suspect and his gang. Police knew about the shrine but for undisclosed spiritual reason refused to destroy it or even arrest the chief priest. The juju priest is, however, only a suspect for now.

Uduaghan said the chief priest and others arrested were being interrogated by security agents. He explained that what was happening was a security issue and was certain that, at the end of the day, “the full story of Kelvin will be known.”

6.00 pm -6.00 am command
The governor said emphatically that Kokori people who, from security reports, allegedly aided and abetted the kingpin, have questions to answer, pointing out that, in the interim, people should be within their homes within the hours of 6.00 pm to 6.00 am in the community, as soldiers carry out full-scale military operation to fish out criminals. According to him, “Security operatives are in Kokori to fish out the criminals, we are advising that people should be careful in moving around and within Kokori itself, nobody should be out once it is 6.00 pm.”

Appeal to media
He urged the media to reduce sensationalism, which could detract from the real meaning of the operation, saying, “Please, let us not reduce sensationalism….let us not give vent to propaganda that would promote criminals and criminality….you could be the next victim.”

Debunking a report that there was a shoot out between security operatives and members of Kelvin gang at Kokori, he said the security men have been civil enough in handling the affairs while carrying out their actions based on intelligence reports.

“A lot of arrests have been made. There was no shoot-out between security men and the criminals. They didn’t have the capacity to have a shoot-out with soldiers,” he said.

Uduaghan added, “On their own, many of them (villagers) have moved out of the community. That is why the community is quiet. The community is more of a ghost town but we must find the guns and disarm the criminals.”
Shameful mothers
The sharp edge of the governor’s tongue also fell on Kokori mothers. That for trooping out to dance and pour encomiums on Kelvin when he came to issue a 60-day ultimatum to government, 12 days ago. His words, “It is shameful that mothers who are supposed to be dancing behind their children who are graduating from higher institutions were rather dancing behind their criminal children that are carrying guns and backing illegality. It is a shame”.


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