Photo: We Killed Missing 9 DSS Officials & Led Major Bank Robberies That Took Place In Lagos

Leader of the dreaded gang of bank robbers which had been
terrorising commercial banks in Lagos and Ogun states in military uniforms has
disclosed that his gang never intended to kill nine officials of the Department
of State Service, DSS, who went missing last September.
The suspect, identified as Kelly Fotor, an Ijaw native of
Arugbo, Ondo State, was arrested last Saturday by operatives of the Inspector
General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, SIRT, at a wedding
ceremony in Sapele, Delta State.

Gun battle with Police and arrest
Vanguard gathered that the suspect, who was at the ceremony
with some armed men, had a gun duel with the operatives which led to the
killing of one of the policemen, while Fotor and  three of his colleagues, were arrested with
bullet wounds.
It was gathered that the SIRT operatives, led by CSP, Abba
Kyari, who had been on the trail of the gang, trailed Fotor to the wedding
ceremony after their last operation at Agbara area of Ogun State where they
robbed a bank and left three persons, including a pregnant woman, dead.

Fotor, who sustained a bullet wound during the  shootout, told Vanguard while he was being
transported for treatment that he was the leader of the South South group of
the gang.
He explained that the gang also had a Lagos leader who he
identified as Ossy, adding that his gang was made up of 12 men, including
himself, with bases in Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo states.
Fotor also said his gang normally teamed up with their Lagos
group for operations, disclosing to Vanguard that  he and his gang were formerly  into sea piracy before teaming up with Ossy.
According to him, Ossy is the leader of the pipeline vandals
at Arepo and Ikorodu areas.
Lekki, Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara robbery operations
Fotor also said he and his men took part in the Lekki,
Ikorodu, Festac and Agbara bank robberies, adding that they made N28 million
from Agbara bank robbery.
“I and my group got N14 million share from the Agbara
operation, while, Ossy and his group got N14 million. I left Lagos by waters
that day after that operation with my men back to Igbokoda, Ondo State, where
we shared the money and everyone got his share of the loot.
‘’It was Ossy’s men who usually pick out our targets. They
were the ones who picked out all the targets, my job was to give support and my
boat is very big and my boat boy is a professional and knows his way around the
water very well,” he stated
When  Vanguard
inquired who was the woman in the group, he explained that there   was no  
woman in the gang.
He, however, said it was one of Ossy’s boys who normally
dressed like a woman during operations.
How the DSS operatives were killed
On how they killed the nine DSS officials, Fotor told
Vanguard that as commanders of the groups, he and Ossy never intended to kill
the operatives when they were captured.
He explained that the operatives stormed their hideout
wanting to rescue a woman who they abducted from Festac.
He explained further: 
“ One of our boys who was heavily drunk met us while we were
interrogating the suspects after we captured them and he opened fire on them.
‘’I was at their camp at Ikorodu when the DSS operatives
were captured and they brought them before me and Ossy and they knelt down and
we interrogated them, but that guy, he was Ossy’s man.  He was very drunk, walked in and without
asking questions opened fire on all of them and killed them.  Neither myself nor Ossy ordered their
killing, we never wanted to kill them,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that Fotor and three other
suspects arrested along with him have been transferred to Abuja, while SIRT
operatives are still combing the area for other members of the gang.

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