A top official of the State Security Service, SSS, on Wednesday revealed that N700 million was found in the account of alleged kidnap kingpin, Don Wanny who was tracked and killed by security operatives at his hideout in Enugu.
He is alleged to have masterminded the killings of 23 worshipers on New Year’s Day, in Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers.
The source told the News Agency of Nigeria on condition of anonymity on Wednesday that the operation that led to his death was successful and averted further bloodshed in the state.
The operative said that Mr. Waney was under intense SSS surveillance for over a year before he was tracked and killed.
“Some of the people who were killed died from stray bullets during the operation by the murderous gang.
“It was easy to monitor Waney because we had our agent on a constant watch that gave us in-depth knowledge of his whereabouts 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 revealed.
An ash coloured Lexus ES330 salon car is currently parked at SSS premises in Port Harcourt. The source said that Mr. Waney had more than 30 active fighters and many volunteers who allegedly worked for top politicians in the state.
It said that Mr. Waney’s accounts at First Bank and Unity Bank had been frozen and would be forfeited to the federal government at the end of the investigation.
“The banks are fully cooperating with an ongoing investigation which would unravel his financial transactions from the time the accounts where opened,” the source added.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the deceased militant leader had more than N700 million at some undisclosed banks which is currently being monitored.
Mr. Waney and his second-in-command, Ikechukwu Adiele, and another suspected gang member, Lucky Ode, were killed by security forces in Enugu and their corpses paraded at 6 Division Nigerian Army Port Harcourt on January 7.
Mr. Waney and his gang members received amnesty from the Rivers Government in 2016 but later reneged on the terms of the amnesty deal.