From Sola Ojo, Kaduna
A prime suspect in the killing of Colonel Samaila Inusa, who was kidnapped in the presence of his wife on March 26, 2016, at NNPC Junction in Kaduna State, and subsequent discovery of his decomposing body two days after, Emeka (other name witheld) yesterday recounted how the deed was done.
Emeka confessed there was no intent to kill Inusa. They only wanted to snatch his car. In the process, the late Inusa struggled with them over an AK47 riffle and got shot in the process. He added that after that they were moved away with the car and sold it for N800, 000.
He said: “One Sunday evening, we were on patrol; any vehicle we saw, we would snatch. It was in the process that we saw Colonel Inusa’s car from Police College coming down to Refinery Junction where we collected the car.
“Immediately, we handed over the car to Dan-Sokoto and he took it away. Thereafter, 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 can afford to buy another car’. Shortly after, 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 water, the man snatched the gun from me and quickly removed the magazine.
“But one bullet was already in the panel. He was holding the gun butt and I was holding the mouth. So, we were dragging the gun. At a point, the gun was facing me and attempted to pull the trigger, but I succeeded in turning the gun to his direction. He pulled the trigger and fired himself.
“I told him, we didn’t want to kill you, but you have killed yourself now. But, that man nearly killed me.”
“We didn’t know he was a military officer. It was a week after we killed the Colonel we started reading on the pages of newspapers and on social media that the man we killed was a senior military officer. We specialised in car snatching, we are not kidnappers.”