Nonsochukwu Uwa, Owerri
The Imo state Police Command on Thursday said it had gunned down an alleged serial killer and crime kingpin, one Osita Ogbuiri ‘male’ aka Shina Rambo, a native of Mmahu in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State at a boundary between Abia and Cross River State.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Michael Abattam, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri.
The Police said Shina Rambo, was serving life imprisonment until he (Shina Rambo) among others escaped from the Owerri jailbreak, April, last year since and then has been on the wanted list of the police for allegedly killing, a town union president, Charles Mgbarahu, ‘male’ of Mmahu Egbema in Ohaji Egbema LGA, Police and Navy officers and six others in the same Ohaji/Egbema axis.
On how Shina Rambo was killed, Police said it was based on technical and credible intelligence of the command’s tactical teams.
He further said: “On the 27/7/2022 at about 0900 hours, the command’s tactical teams after a diligent gathering of both technical and credible intelligence, trailed one Osita Ogbuiri ‘m’ aka Shina Rambo, a native of Mmahu in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State, to their hideout in Utuma/ Ukwa, a boundary between Abia and Cross River State.
“A notorious criminal, who has been on the wanted list of the Command for his involvement in violent crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism. He was among the inmates that escaped from the Imo Correctional Centre Owerri, on the 5th of April, 2021, jailbreak, while serving life imprisonment for the murder of two persons.
“The hoodlums on sighting the police operatives engaged them in a gun duel but were overwhelmed by the superior fire-power and professional dexterity displayed by the gallant police operatives. The escapee serial killer kingpin, Osita Ogbuiri aka Shina Rambo was neutralized in the process while others escaped with bullet wounds. One pump action gun with seventeen (17) expended and four (4) unexpended cartridges were recovered at the scene.
“After escaping from Imo Correctional Centre Owerri, he went into hiding in a neighbouring state, where he formed a terror group, operating in Ohaji Egbema LGA and its environs, terrorizing innocent people in the Community.”
“The suspect, Osita Ogbuiri, is a member of a deadly cult group called “DE-GBAM” and has been involved in several violent attacks/killings of security agencies. It is on record that, he led his gang members in the killing of the Town Union President, Charles Mgbarahu ‘m’ of Mmahu Egbema in Ohaji Egbema LGA and six others on the 8th of February, 2022, in a rivalry cult clash. Also on the 9th of July, 2022, he killed a police Inspector in Obokofia and on the 21st of July, 2021 he murdered a Naval officer all in Ohaji Egbema respectively.
“Meanwhile, the corpse of the notorious bandit has been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri, lmo State; the Community is still agog; while concerted efforts are being made to arrest other members of the gang at large,” Police said.