“Nothing go do Kelvin. You know know who him oga be?
He get backbone, na im make am fit dey do all this thing”. That was the opening
statement of one of the boys who lived in Kokori, hometown of Kelvin Ibruvwe
Prosper Oniarah, when we began series of investigations to find out how he
operates and how he got the weapons he operated with.
The name Oniarah is not a
popular name in the area, but at the mention of Kelvin, even the vigilante
scamper for safety. That was the aura that Kelvin moved around with.
This notorious kidnapper we gathered came into
criminal existence in Kokori during the 2007 election, when the polity became
tense on who will become the Delta State House of Assembly, as well as deliver
the votes for the Peoples Democratic Party. The leading candidate and then
House of Assembly member, Hon (Barr.) Emeyese Akpodiogaga Sunday, who is now
the Ethiope Federal Constituency House of Representatives in the National
Assembly we gathered form unconfirmed sources, who are indigenes of Kokori,
recruited Kelvin as his political thug, to help do the dirty jobs as well as
keep his opponents in check. His name however came into limelight during the
2007 election, where he single handedly saw to the victory of Emeyese.
Various sources in Kokori who spoke on condition of
anonymity allege that Emeyese provided the dangerous equipments with which
Kelvin and his boys terrorized the Niger Delta with for over five years.
According to them, Emeyese has been providing Kelvin with Security information
and confidential details on how to beat security agents. A source who spoke to
this paper stated that Kelvin was the brain behind Emeyese victory from 2007
elections, which he contested and won in the Delta State House of Assembly and
his ascension to the lower chambers in the National Assembly.
When the source was asked on how Kelvin contributed
to the lawmaker’s emergence as a federal legislator, he noted that the kingpin
and his gangs were responsible for snatching of ballot boxes and thumb printing
of ballot papers in favor of the lawmaker.
Another unconfirmed report from a source revealed
that the lawmakers had an agreement with Kelvin and his boys to settle them
‘big’ after his victory in the 2011 election, but Emeyese was said to have
reneged on the agreement, pleading with the boys to stay with him till the 2015
election, which he plans to re-contest. Reports available to us has it that Kelvin
had earlier told the lawmaker about his public appearance, an action which he
disapproved of, but Kelvin went ahead to appear in public, haven acquired
charms potent enough to disappear from the scene, had the security agencies
Emeyese we gathered had become jittery of recent with
Kevin’s action and had consistently sent emissaries to him on the need to stop
kidnapping and robbing, while he focus on the 2015 election, where he will see
to his victory. The source however noted that he could not just let Kelvin go,
since he was bent on using him for his political ambitions.
Kelvin Prosper who lived like lord we are informed
lives in Port Harcourt and comes to Kokori to show off his wealth, which he has
made from high profile kidnapping and robbery. According to a resident in
Kokori, Kelvin is a known face in the region, but the people have been scared
of inviting the security agents to arrest him, for fear of his boys who may
come hunting for them.
The Kidnapper who has given useful information to the
SSS, we gathered may spill the beans on other top politicians in the state,
including his alleged closeness to the current Ethiope East House of Assembly
member, Mr. Joseph Oshevire. As at the time of filing in this report, we
gathered that the now embattled lawmaker is making frantic efforts to kill the
matter and possibly get Kelvin from the security net.
Calls made to his GLO line to confirm or deny our
story rang once while he ‘busy’ the rest. His Airtel and MTN lines were
switched off, while a text message sent to him was not replied as at the time
of filing in this story.