A suspected kidnap kingpin and murderer , Kelvin Prosper Oniarah, who allegedly kidnapped the Human Rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, was yesterday arrested by a joint team of the Nigerian Army and Department of State Service (DSS), along Auchi–Benin Road.
Spokesperson for DSS, Marilyn Ogar said Oniarah who was arrested on Wednesday is a notorious terrorist, kidnap kingpin and armed robber and has been on the wanted list of security agencies.
The suspect, also known as Kelvin Ibruvwe was responsible for the kidnap and killing of Dr. Chudi Nwike a former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, while in captivity.
According to the statement “on 25th September, 2013, a combined security team of the Nigerian Army and DSS operatives arrested Kelvin Prosper Oniarah, a notorious terrorist, kidnap kingpin and armed robber, who has been on the wanted list of security agencies.
“Kelvin ONIARAH who is also known as Kelvin IBRUVWE masterminded the kidnap of Mike OZEKHOME (SAN) on 24th August, 2013, along Auchi–Benin road.
“He is also responsible for the following kidnaps, Judge of the Edo State Judiciary, and a top female official of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.”
The statement further said “Chudi Nwike, Dr. a former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, who was killed by Kelvin while in captivity; and several members of the NYSC and security agents.
“He also masterminded various attacks against security personnel, carried out several armed robberies and kidnap operations in Delta, Edo, Rivers and Anambra States.
“Oniarah maintained operational bases and detention camps in Warri and Kokori Community in Delta State, Ugbokolo Community in Benue State, Benin City in Edo State, and Aba in Abia State.
“It would also be recalled that on 18th September, 2013, Kelvin Oniarah issued a 60 day ultimatum from his base in Kokori, Delta State, to the Federal Government and threatened to wreak havoc on innocent Nigerian citizens.
“Kelvin Oniarah has been taken into custody and investigation of his notorious activities has commenced.”