across the south-south and south-east of the country, Gogo Daniel Ume
(aka Full Payment), has told the police about how he usually donated
food items and gifts to his church after every successful operation.
by the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team in
Rivers and Bayelsa states, following weeks of efforts to track down the
were found with three AK47 rifles, one automatic rifle, 12 magazines,
310 rounds of live ammunitions and dynamite.
Ume, Ikadoi Michael Isere (aka White Witch) and Ifeanyi Kalu admitted to
a crime spree that included numerous kidnappings and bank heists in the
last three years.
interrogated, the suspects admitted that they carried out the two
bullion van robberies which took place between 2014 and 2015 at a
Diamond Bank branch at Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt, where they stole
out the 2014 bullion van robbery at Igrita Roundabout, Airport Road,
Port-Harcourt; robbery of a UBA branch on Azikiwe Road in Port-Harcourt
in the same year and a 2015 bullion van robbery at another branch of the
bank at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology,
Port-Harcourt, where they made away with N80m and killed a student in
gang was responsible for a robbery attack on a Fidelity Bank branch at
GRA, Port-Harcourt. In all these operations, several policemen were said
to have been gunned down.
police during a foiled kidnapping attempt by the gang few months ago,
they set ablaze a police patrol van along Psychiatric Hospital Road,
killing spree to neighbouring states like Enugu, where they took part in
the robbery of a UBA branch in Owerri, Imo State in April 2014 and
Bank branch in Enugu where one of their gang members identified as Akio
was killed in June of the same year. The gang were said to have
abandoned his body and fled.
gang also undertook series of kidnappings and car-jacking which fetched
them millions of naira.
the suspects were arrested, a Toyota Highlander SUV, Toyota Venza and a
Ford Edge SUV, were recovered from them.
allegedly conducted by the gang at a supermarket along Obasanjo Way,
three policemen, Inspector Dennies Akapan, Sgt. Ekwere Epoulo and Cpl.
Okougor Nyambi were gunned down, after which the gang members took away
the policemen’s Ak47 rifles.
Superintendent of Police Bamidele Mohammed, Insp. Austen Moore, Cpl.
Prince Tigabara, the three policemen from the Elekahia division, who
were escorting a bullion van filled with currency when they were robbed
and gunned down by the gang.
police that in February 2016 when they attacked a Fidelity Bank branch
at GRA Port Harcourt, they blew up the door with dynamite and stole. He
said before they left, they destroyed all the CCTV cameras on the
premises and shot two people on the premises.
had worked in the bank before as a student on industrial attachment,
monitored the bank for two weeks before the attack. According to him, in
several other robberies, the IT student provided them vital information
about other banks in Port Harcourt.
that operational manager of Fidelity Bank must not leave the bank or
the operation would fail.
polytechnic in 2013, and that same year I was sent to prison where I
enrolled for studies at the National Open University.
when I joined the Vikings Confraternity and I became friends with a
member known as Fabian, who was already into kidnapping activities by a
gang known as Abiye. I also joined the Abiye gang and my first operation
with them was the kidnap of a 15-year-old boy that fetched us N2m. I
was given N150,000 out of it.
First Bank branch and I got N2m from that. I used part of my share of
that money to pay my rent. The next operation we did at another First
Bank branch in Enugu, one of our members, Kio, was shot dead by one of
the policemen. We decided to go back to Owerri to rob another bank,
while Promise was our informant.
manager of the bank who usually held the key to the bank. But when we
got there, we did not see the manager and we entered using a sledge
hammer. What our gang got was not up to N10m but I was given N800,000.
husband paid N12m as ransom. I got N3m as my share from there. We also
kidnapped another woman who was carrying huge money. She paid N2m before
we released her. In one of our operations, we got information that
money was being moved from a bank at Alakaya, off Trans-Amandi to the
Port Harcourt International Airport.
Airport Road, Port Harcourt. I tried shooting but my rifle jammed. A
colleague, Chike, was shot and he fell, then Boma and White Witch rained
bullets on the vehicle. Some of the foreign currency in the vehicle
was destroyed but I got N4.5m from the money we stole during the
operation. I bought a Lexus SUV for N2m, and gave N100,000 to an
orphanage home. I also contributed N150,000 towards the roofing of my
church. Each time I go for a successful operation, I normally buy bags
of rice, noodles, diapers, and donate money to orphanages.
and my elder brother. I later sold my job slots to someone else who
gave me N70,000 monthly. I also gave little money to my mum and
later, he and his gang members attacked a Diamond Bank branch at
Trans-Amandi, Port Harcourt.
N75m out of which he got N15m as his share. But that was the point he
decided to call it quit.
look for what to do with their lives with the money they had got
because I was no longer interested since God had given me all I was
orphanage, I used part of the money to rent an apartment in Lagos and I
paid for two years and half at Ajao Estate. I also bought furniture and
other properties I needed. I then bought two plots of land in Bayelsa, I
invested the rest into oil bunkering.”
before the election in Rivers State, we trailed a bullion van into the
UST campus in Port Harcourt and robbed it of N39m. I got N10m as my