Contrary to his public image as a fearless, arrogant and brutal individual, leader of a notorious gang of kidnappers that had held sway in the entire Niger Delta region until recently, Kelvin Ibruvwe, is actually a “weakling” a reliable source in the State Security Service (SSS) has revealed.
Confronted with the grim prospect of being brought to justice, the gang leader, who only a few days ago while addressing a gathering of his kinsmen at his native town of Kokori in Delta State, gave President Goodluck Jonathan a 60-day ultimatum to address the degradation of his native land and other communities in the Niger Delta or face grave consequences, was humbled as he feared for his life and pleaded with law enforcement agents not to kill him.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said that Kelvin, who was brought to Abuja for interrogation, had made substantial revelations.
“Kelvin has made useful and shocking statements which cannot be released to the public now,” the source said.
“I think Nigerians, especially the media, will have the opportunity either on Monday or anytime next week.
“Contrary to his posturing, however, Kelvin is a weakling. He is afraid of death. He is downcast in detention. He does not want to experience what he had done to his victims.”
Another source, who spoke on the few minutes leading to Kelvin’s arrest said: “Like criminals before him, he was always in company of girls from one location to the other. He was trailed for many days but the SSS and the Army adhered strictly to the rule of engagement to avoid recording heavy casualties. It was a clinical job.
“Before his arrest by the SSS and the Army, members of the Kelvin gang had held two youth corps members hostage. But when he was picked up, he was afraid of death and he was begging intermittently, ‘don’t kill me, don’t kill me.’
“At this point, the security agents asked him to call his gang members and ask them to release the two corps members if he did not want to die. Kelvin then placed a call to his gang to release the corps members. But the reality has danwed on him that the game was over.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “We have a strong suspicion that Kelvin and his gang were behind the kidnapping of Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour, who is the wife of a judge of the Supreme Court.”