Nemesis allegedly caught up with Didi Jolly, Chisom Unegbu, Micheal Matthew and George Ala when the commander of the IGP IRT, Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), determined to guide a particular workforce to smash the gang, following public outcry towards their menace.
They were stated to be within the behavior of not solely robbing their victims of cash and invaluable gadgets like telephones and ATM playing cards in Port Harcourt and its environs, but additionally subjecting them to severe torture as they usually throw their victims off the transferring automobile.
A manhunt launched for the gang resulted within the arrest of Jolly, who was stated to have led the IRT detectives to choose the three different members of the gang.
“They additionally detain their victims whereas they take their time to withdraw cash from their accounts,” a police supply stated, including that three of the suspects were all initiates of a cult group identified as Icelanders whereas they were in junior secondary school.
In his confession, Jolly, a local of Obugbasa Local Government Area, Cross River State, stated his dad and mom were residing in Port Harcourt the place he and his siblings were born and bred.
He stated: “I used to be a scholar of Maris Comprehensive Secondary School earlier than I dropped out of school in my second 12 months.
“It was quite common amongst college students to belong to 1 cult group or the opposite. The senior scholar that I took as my school father was the one who initiated me. I used to be 14 years at the moment.
“During break time, he took me to an uncompleted constructing behind our school with the excuse that we were going to purchase snacks.
“When we bought there, he despatched me to purchase a bottle of Squadron, an alcoholic drink. When I got here again, there were so many boys, particularly our seniors.
“The subsequent factor, they pulled my shirt and began beating me. After that, they compelled me to drink from the alcohol.
“They then stated I had turn out to be a member and failure to abide by their guidelines would lead to demise.
“I used to be afraid and wished to inform my dad and mom however they warned me towards it.
“My mum is a spiritual lady and did her finest to coach us nicely. “In the streets, nearly each boy baby was a cultist, and my mom warned us that she wouldn’t tolerate it.
“I stored it as a secret until months later when about 50 boys who’re members of our cult group visited my home at evening.
“I used to be imagined to be on obligation on that day, however as a result of I used to be nonetheless residing with my dad and mom, there was no means I may sneak out.
“Normally, we take turns to observe over our space in case one other rival cult determined to assault.
“They got here and compelled me to comply with them and threatened to cope with my relations in the event that they don’t enable me to work for them.
“I can keep in mind so nicely how my mom wept the evening they dragged me away.
“When I returned within the morning, she advised me that they’d determined to relocate to Cross River State, and that I ought to come alongside. I refused and everybody left, together with my father and my twin brother.
“I managed to hold round school for a 12 months earlier than I dropped out, as a result of I used to be homeless and was solely struggling to outlive.
“I grew to become lively, and it’s regular for cult members to go and snatch baggage and telephones.
“I usually attend conferences at Okirika city until we were scattered in 2009 when the Federal Government provided amnesty.
“I used to be not fortunate and we all scattered and solely met in secret.
Things were robust for me until I met one Gbongbon who allowed me to dwell in his room. He was the one who launched me to theft.
“Lately, we have targeting utilizing automobiles to rob folks. One of us will carry the automotive, fake to be a taxi driver and choose one or two individuals.
“We will even board the identical automotive and rob them. We would promote their telephones at Yam Zone at Creek Road in Port Harcourt.
“We don’t gather I telephone as a result of it has an iCloud. We promote the most costly one for about N10,000 or at most N15,000.”
Jolly, nevertheless, denied being a kidnapper, saying: “We solely snatch baggage and rob folks.
“It is provided that we choose somebody who has cash in his account; we will preserve him until we withdraw sufficient cash from his account.
“I want at this level that I had listened to my mom who stored calling and begging me to relocate to Calabar. If police launch me, I’ll trek to Calabar if that’s my solely possibility.”
The second suspect, George Ala, stated: “I’m from Bonny Island in Rivers State. I used to be a scholar of Comprehensive High School on New Road, Borokiri, however I dropped out of school in JSS3 when my mom died.
“My father died and a 12 months later my mom was poisoned. After the demise of my father, I began studying carpentry after school, and it was one of many apprentices who was additionally a scholar in my school that took me to the bush after work and I used to be compelled to affix them.
“My mom, who was sick then, pleaded with me to cease; that my life could be ruined, and I promised her that I might cease. But I simply stated so, in order that her well being wouldn’t worsen if she bought to know that I’m a cultist.
“Unfortunately, she died and our neighbours took her to the cemetery for burial.
“My mom by no means took me and my brother to her folks or my father’s facet. We were alone, and two months later, the owner requested us to maneuver out. We began sleeping below the bridge or anyplace that homeless boys used to converge.
“In the morning, we would go and beg for cash within the streets or do any informal job we may get. Luckily, one lady who heard our story determined to take my brother dwelling as a home boy.
“I stayed again and was mixing with the boys when one widespread man identified as Gbongbon, who usually gave me N500 each different day, requested me to comply with him out.
That day, we snatched a number of baggage and I used to be given N5,000. This was how I began until Gbongbon additionally began the ‘one probability’ enterprise.
“I’m a type of that will enter the automotive as quickly as our goal is within the automotive.
“It is Gbongbon who’s the professional that makes association for all of the weapons that we use throughout operations.
“We simply use the gun to scare folks, it doesn’t actually have a single bullet. I’ve sinned towards God and man, please forgive me.
The third suspect,t Chisom Unaegbu, stated: ” I’m from Ehite Mbaise in Imo State, however I grew up in Rivers State.
“I’m not a cultist, however my father deserted me for causes finest identified to him.
“We suffered quite a bit as a result of the cash my mom made as an auxiliary nurse was not sufficient to handle three youngsters.
“She requested me and my sister to drop out of school in order that our elder brother may additional his schooling. I learnt tips on how to drive and progressively grew to become a taxi driver.
“I used to be capable of get a automotive on rent buy and we agreed that I might be paying N5,000 a day.
“I used to be struggling to fulfill up with goal when my buddy Michael prompt a quick means out. He advised me that my very own function was to make use of my automotive and be the motive force.
“We usually function round Rummokuta between 8pm and 9.30pm, and even when we don’t make sufficient cash, the settlement is that they have to give me N5,000 in order that I will pay my each day contribution.
“This was the one assurance that the automotive, which is a Toyota Camry, could be obtainable. Lots of people enter personal automobiles at that Rummokuta they usually pay not less than N150 per drop.
“Since I joined them in January, I’ve misplaced depend of the variety of those who we robbed. But I can guarantee you that we didn’t kill anybody.
“The gun is simply meant to scare them to submit every thing they’ve.
“I blame my father for my state of affairs, as a result of if he was not alive, it might be higher than to observe me endure and switch into a legal.”
The fourth suspect, Micheal Matthew, stated:” We went for a celebration and on our means again, we met a variety of younger boys identified to me they usually were making mockery of me that I’m not a member of any cult.
“I then determined to affix them, and once I got here dwelling late, my mom checked my physique and noticed marks.
“It was frequent in our space so she knew what it was. She reported me to the group head and I joined others and ran away.
“That was how I ended up within the streets and needed to survive.”