The photographs of Gift David Okpara Okpolowu (a.k.a. 2-Baba), the leader of the Iceland Cult gang who has an N100 million bounty on his head for allegedly leading the attack that led to the brutal murder of a Divisional Police Officer, DPO Bako Angbashim of Ahoada Division in Rivers State have emerged.
Rivers governor, Siminalayi Fubara, had on Saturday evening placed a bounty of N100 million on the head of 2-Baba over the murder of the DPO around the Odiemudie Community in the Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor said, “S.P Bako and his team ran into an ambush while returning from their operation where they were attacked by the criminals. Unfortunately, he was shot in the ensuing gunfire, captured and eventually murdered by his captors.
“Credible intelligence from the security agencies traced the entire incident to one Gift David Okpara Okpolowu (a.k.a. 2-Baba) and his criminal gang, who have established camps in the locality and are responsible for the resurgence of violent crimes, including kidnapping and terrorism in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State’.
“As a responsible Government, it cannot fold our arms and allow criminals and crimes to rear their ugly heads and thrive in any part of our State.
“Accordingly, upon the review of the entire incident and the security situation in the affected areas with the security agencies, we have decided on the following measures to bring the murderers of SP Bako to justice and arrest the deteriorating security situation in the Ahoada East Local Government:
“First, the prime suspects, Mr. Gift David Okpara Okpolowu (a.k.a. 2-Baba) and all members of his criminal gang are hereby declared wanted.
Secondly, a bounty of one hundred million (N100,000,000.00) naira is hereby placed on his head for anyone who gives useful information that would lead to his arrest and prosecution.
“Thirdly, His Majesty, Eze Cassidy Ikegbidi Eze Igbu Akoh II, is hereby suspended indefinitely for acts of complicity in ceding control of his territory to the notorious David Gift and his gang to freely operate and carry out their criminal activities”.
Governor Fubara reiterated its administration’s commitment to guaranteeing the security of all residents and assured everyone that we would do everything in our power to hunt down Gift David and his gang and bring them to justice.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State, he extended his profound condolences to the family of SP Bako, especially the wife and children and the State’s Police Command for this irreparable loss.
“The Governor extolled the virtues of SP Bako as a fine, brave and dutiful Police officer, who gave up his life to keep us safe and secure. He died in active service to his nation and we remember him for his extraordinary bravery and sacrifice,” he said.
He said Rivers’ government would not allow his family to suffer the pains of his sudden and irreplaceable loss alone.