An armed robbery suspect currently being detained by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (SIRT) has narrated how, along with others, they killed Colonel Samaila Inusa, at Kamazo area of Kaduna Refinery Road, on March 26, 2016.
Until he was killed, Colonel Inusa, was a Chief Instructor at the Nigeria Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State.
He was allegedly abducted by unknown gunmen, at Kamazo area of Kaduna Refinery Road, on March 26, 2016.
It was reliably learnt that the suspect, Emeka Okeke Cyprian, who was arrested based on information from a recovered Tecno phone stolen from the deceased also confessed to have sold Colonel Inusa’s car for N900,000.
It was also learnt that four members of the gang were earlier arrested by detectives from the Special Intelligence Bureau, (SIB) attached to the Kaduna State Command.
During interrogation the four suspects had admitted to have taken part in the abduction and killing of the colonel in Kaduna State.
Following their arrest and subsequent detention, IGP Solomon Arase directed the SIRT operatives led by Superintendent of Police (SP), Abba Kyari, to take over the case.
While investigating the matter, Kyari and his men allegedly tracked the bandits to their hideout during which a Tecno mobile phone stolen from the late colonel was recovered.
The detectives were said to have traced some of the conversations on the phone belonging to the slain colonel to a Prison Warden identified as, Abdulahi Adamu.
It was also learnt that the prison official is believed to be a close associate of one of the suspects, Ibrahim Kabiru, who was already in the custody of the SIB in Kaduna State.
In his confessional statement, Cyprian who hails from Imo State admitted that he killed Inusa.
He said he had no regret killing him because if had not done so the deceased would have eliminated him.
He said: “On that Saturday evening, we were on the road. We saw a Mercedes SUV heading towards our direction, we liked it and so we followed it to a house in Kamazo area. We went after it when the driver went to open the gate. We discovered later that the driver was a woman.
The man was seated inside. I ordered him out and I asked Chijioke to drive the Mercedes to Dan Sokoto. Kabiru was driving our own car. I told the man to relax, that all I wanted was his car and we are not going to kill him.
“We took the man into the bush around Abuja by-pass in Kaduna. I then told Kabiru to go into the bush with the man and I told him to lie down. I told him again that he was a big guy and he can always buy another vehicle. He asked for water, but when I was about giving him the water the man pounced on me, grabbed my gun, and removed the magazine and I was shocked.
He gave me a head butt and he beat me so much, but I held tightly to the rifle and we rolled on the floor.
I don’t know what he touched, but the trigger didn’t fire. If not for God, the man would have killed me. Luckily for me the trigger fired this time, and I shot him.
I didn’t know that the man was an army officer, and I was surprised that he was very strong but few hours later when Chijioke called and told me what he saw in the man’s car, that was when I knew we were in deep trouble.
We sold the car for N900,000 and I advised everyone to take time out and rest. Then when the news was everywhere, Chijioke told me that he wanted to quit so we did our last job and we stole an Avalon, but we couldn’t reach Dan Sokoto, Chijioke took the car to Niger Republic by himself and sold it to Garba, who then informed him that Dan Sokoto has been arrested by policemen at Birnin Kebbi over a N250 million case.
“Chijioke relocated to Enugu, while I stayed back in Kaduna watching as things unfolded. Kabiru went and joined Ebere and not long after that they were both arrested by SIB in Kaduna.
Last Saturday I was at my sister’s house sleeping when police came in very early in the morning and asked who is Emeka. I told them I was the one and they asked me why I killed Col. Inusa and I told them that I will reveal everything when we get to the station.
At the station I also helped in luring Chijioke back to Kaduna where he was arrested.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bisi Kolawole, Force Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the arrest, while parading the suspect in Lagos, said all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.