Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:06 pm
The Kaduna State Police Command today paraded persons suspected to have been the killers of Col Samaila Inusa of the Nigerian Army.
Inusa of the Army School of Infantry Corps, Jaji ,was abducted on March 27.He was found dead on 1 April in Chikun local government, Kaduna state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Ibrahim paraded the suspects arrested by a joint team of the command and police intelligence response team from Force headquarters.
Ibrahim disclosed that the suspects: Ibrahim Kabir ,23, Emeka Okeke,44,Ebele Precious, 41, Chijoki Ugwanyi ,42, were allegedly involved in the killing of the Army Colonel.
He said that one of the suspects known as Dan-Sokoto was still at large.
Prime suspect Emeka Okeke, 44, told reporters that they did not originally plan to kill the officer but he died during a struggle with the gun.
“Me and my group specialise in car snatching, we are not kidnappers,” Okoke said
Recounting how they attacked the officer, whose identity they did not know, he said: ”One Sunday evening, we were on patrol to snatch any vehicle we saw. It was in the process we saw Colonel Inusa’s vehicle coming from Police College down to Refinery Junction and we collected the car.
“ We immediately handed over the car to Dan-Sokoto and he took it away. Then, we took him to Abuja by-pass. I asked him to lie down and relax his mind, because we were only interested in the car, not his life.
“I told him, you are bigger than this car, and if you live, you will buy another car’. Shortly after then, he said he wanted to drink water, so I went to the car to bring pure water for him. As I bent down to give him the water, the man snatched the gun from me and quickly removed the magazine.
“So, I told him, you know I didn’t want to kill you, but you have killed yourself now. But that man nearly killed me.” He said.
Asked where his gang members were when he was dragging the gun with the Colonel, Okeke said, they all ran away.
He added that one week after, they started reading on the pages of newspapers and on social media that the man they killed was a senior military officer.
Asked how much they sold the car, Okeke said: “they gave us N800,000 and we shared.
Okeke and his gang members – Kabir Ibrahim 23, Chijoke Ogwuanye 41 and Ekene Precious 43 – were tracked down in Gonin-Gora area of Kaduna.
The police commissioner noted that assorted rifles, including AK47, Pump Action guns and four pistols as well as caches of ammunitions were recovered from the suspects.
Ibrahim also said some 629 livestocks were recovered from one notorious cattle rustler,terrorizing Kaduna, Niger, Kogi ,Kebbi,Zamfara ,Nasarawa ,Katsina and Plateau States.
According to him, the police had recovered 507 Cows, 110 Sheep and 12 Donkeys from the rustler.
The police Commissioner appealed to the public to assist the command with vital information to rid the state of crime