Detectives attached to the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, Special Intelligence Response Team (SIRT), gasped in shock and revulsion as they listened with rapt attention to confessions of eight men arrested for robbery in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The eight-man-gang of robbers, led by one Denis Avaughwa, aka Ava, 24, has committed a lot of atrocities, including shooting into the private part of a heavily pregnant woman during a robbery operation in her apartment. The shooting of the woman was said to have been done by Ava. He shot into the woman’s private part, right in the presence of her husband, to ensure she died.
He then shot her husband’s two legs. A member of the gang, Jonson Aikko, aka, Stigma, described the murder of the woman and shooting of her husband as needless. The Ava-led gang sometimes in 2015, while escaping after a robbery operation, also stumbled on a six Fulani Herdsmen sleeping and opened fire on them.
They killed them all. According to them, they couldn’t join the big league of robbers for a long time because they didn’t have the right weapons. But the rhythm of their operations changed after they met a prison official and policeman who started supplying them with ammunition. After their arrest, police recovered three AK47 rifles and four revolvers from them. The horrific killing of the pregnant woman occurred in November, when the eight men raided Supper Cell Estate, a highbrow area in Apo, in the FCT. Stigma recollected how the woman was killed.
He said: “I don’t know what came over Ava that night. It was as if he took drugs. We saw a pregnant woman in the first apartment we entered. We demanded for money. But it was clear she was consumed with fear. “Ava screamed at her. She brought N150, 000 in N500 denomination and handed the money to me. Before I knew what was happening, Ava opened fire on the woman.
He shot into her private part. I was stunned. He went on to shoot the woman’s husband. And the man instantly lost two of his legs.” That was not all. Stigma equally revealed that another middle-aged woman, Glory Uzoh, who recently moved to Abuja from Lagos State, was shot in her abdomen and arm.
The bullet, according to him, perforated her abdomen and burst out of her back. But, Uzoh miraculously survived because the bullet narrowly missed her intestines. This may be why Police described Ava as a notorious robber, who had been arrested twice for robbery and remanded in Kuje Prison in Abuja.
“Ava formed a new gang in 2014 after he regained his freedom. The gang operated with three AK47 rifles and four locally-made revolver rifles. They’ve carried out several high profile robberies around residential estates in Abuja. They used to cart away cash, exotic cars, jewelries, laptops and mobile phones during operations.
“The gang also murdered six Fulani Herdsmen who they accosted in a bush while escaping after a robbery in Lugbe, Abuja. They sighted the herdsmen sleeping and opened fire on them. They killed all of them at the spot. Ava ordered the killing of the herdsmen in retaliation for their activities in his state,” a police source said.
It was further gathered that after the November 2015 carnage, Arase, deployed SIRT to track the bandits and arrest them. After gathering sufficient intelligence reports, the operatives, led by a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Abba Kyari, stormed Nassarawa, Plateau and Bauchi states in search of the robbers.
Eight of them, including the gang’s alleged receiver, financier and arms supplier, were arrested. Those in police custody are Ibrahim Suleiman, aka, Scorpion, Jonson Aikko, alias Stigma, Pius Gabriel, better known as Double Spirit and Rabo Yakubu (arms supplier). Others are Oladimaji Ikotun, (alleged receiver and financier), Umaru Nda, Matthew Ofe, Nicodemos Shittu, Ava and Ogbona Chidubem aka 102.