Revealed: Secret Details Of Rivers Kidnap Kingpin Don Waney
The reign of the notorious kidnap kingpin in Rivers State, Don Waney, may have come to an end, but much more revealing details about his activities and how he was able to carry out his dreaded act has been revealed.
Waney, who masterminded killing of 23 worshippers on New Year’s Day in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, was gunned down by a combined team of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Security (DSS) at his hideout in Enugu.
According to a top official of the DSS, Waney was under surveillance for over a year.
Waney and his squad had planned to kill and maim innocent residents of Omoku on January 8, but the New Year’s Day killings started after he sent some of his members to assassinate his third-in-command; but failed after the target escaped his apartment with gunshot wounds.
According to the source, the killer squad later killed his wife and other close relatives and, thereafter, proceeded to kill five other persons over an existing feud with one of the gang members.
“Some of the people who were killed died from stray bullets during the operation by the murderous gang,” the source said.
“It was easy to monitor Waney because we had our agent on a constant watch that gave us in-depth knowledge of his whereabout and activities.
“Waney had companies that he used as fronts. He used one of these companies to front for surveillance jobs and leak repairs for a major oil company.
“We know where his family stayed; we know that his boys camped at a forest in Imo State from where they usually launched their operation.
“Waney was always hiding in Enugu and Ogoja (Cross River). He bought a car in Imo State and took it to Enugu – as part of his plans to change his identity,” the source added.
Waney had more than 30 active fighters and many volunteers who allegedly worked for top politicians in the state. He also had more than N700 million at some undisclosed banks.
“The banks are fully cooperating with an ongoing investigation which would unravel his financial transactions from the time the accounts were opened,” the source said.