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How scorpion tattoo, wide tooth gap, helped identify body of 2Baba

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By Ignatius Chukwu 

The Rivers State police command led by the Commissioner, Tunde Disu, has at last presented the corpse of a man said to be 2Baba (Gift Okpara Okpolowu), alleged killer of SP Bako Angbashim, the gallant police fighter butchered on September 8, 2023, in Udiemude in Ahoada West Local Council Area of Rivers State. 

Guess what nailed the matter and forced the press to accept the corpse? Scorpion tattoo and his celebrated wide tooth gap. Close look at the videos where the gang was celebrating the alleged killing of the gallant police fighter showed he had wide tooth gap in front. It is not clear if it is natural or from battles and fighting. 

When the police said they had killed him on February 17, the crime correspondents kept a straight face insisting on seeing the corpse. After all, the police too will not accept any case of murder except the body was put in display.

This time, the concept was turned against the police. 

They seemed to go back in search of the corpse. They seemed to succeed on Friday, February 23, 2024, when they proudly faced the press in a briefing with the body. 

The press seemed to have also prepared for more doubts, suspecting they could present any corpse. They thus went in search of matching things to know the true 2Baba. Some sources told the press hunters to watch out for the scorpion tattoo on 2Baba’s left arm, and his wide tooth gaps. 

Lo and behold, when the corpse which was exhumed from Ebrass Forest was unveiled, the signs were there. Case closed, for media men. 

The CP addressed the Crime Correspondents thus: 

I am here today to provide you with an update on a significant operation conducted by the Rivers State Police Command. On Friday, February 23, 2024, based on credible information, our tactical operatives successfully located the shallow grave of Gift Okpara ‘M,’ also known as 2baba, a notorious Iceland cult leader in Ebrass, Ahoada West, Rivers State.

We were able to recover the corpse of 2baba, who was responsible for the brutal murder of former DPO Ahaoda Division, late SP. Bako Angbashim on September 8, 2023, in Odumude community, Ahaoda East Local Government Area.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who played a part in this operation, particularly our dedicated tactical teams and the IRT special team. I want to extend my special thanks to the Nigerian Airforce for their invaluable support. Their aerial strike on 2baba’s camp on February 10 resulted in significant casualties among the gang, which facilitated our subsequent….

Furthermore, the Rivers State Police Command acknowledge and thank the Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fabura, GSSRS, for his unwavering support throughout this operation. His commitment to maintaining law and order in our state is commendable. 

I want to take this opportunity to commend the officers involved in this operation. They have shown extraordinary dedication and resilience. Their hard work and perseverance were driven by the expectations of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, Ph.D, NPM, who sought success in bringing 2baba and his gang to justice. 

My gratitude to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, Ph.D, NPM, for his unwavering support and invaluable advice throughout this operation. His guidance and leadership have been instrumental in our efforts to combat criminality and maintain peace and security in Rivers State. 

It is crucial for our citizens to recognize the importance of collaboration and support in our fight against crime. We urge the public to continue providing us with timely and accurate information that can aid in identifying and apprehending criminals. Together, we can create a safer environment for all. 

I want to assure the residents of Rivers State that the Rivers State Police Command remains committed to the safety and security of our state. We will continue our operations to apprehend other members of 2Baba’s gang and dismantle any remaining criminal networks. We call on the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.

Thank you for your attention.

Conclusion:

Is the N100m booty promised by the state government now ripe for plucking? Who owns it, the police? Many informants are said to have been killed by 2Baba along the line. Were they treasure hunters?

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