What Do We Know? 'If Abubakar Audu had lived, I would be Kogi's CSO' - Robbery kingpin

An arrested armed robbery and kidnapping kingpin in Kogi State has indicted the late Abubakar Audu by saying he was his major sponsor.

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The millionaire criminal, Zakari Isiaka play

The millionaire criminal, Zakari Isiaka

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The arrest of the biggest armed robbery and kidnap kingpin in Kogi State, Zakari Isiaka Yua, has unveiled how top politicians in the state patronized him and sponsored crime in the country.

Punch reports that Isiaka who is described as a millionaire criminal was arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), along the Okene-Akure highway, is linked to many high-profile robbery and kidnap of prominent people in the state and other states in the country.

While being interrogated, the serial killer told the police that he would have been the Chief Security Officer (CSO) in the state had the late Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the 2015 governorship election in the state because he had been promised the position.

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The suspect who says he has nine wives and 15 children, also shocked the police when he said that the present governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, provided some thugs with guns in past electioneering campaigns.

Read what the dreaded bandit told the police:

“I dropped out of secondary school and had nothing else to do but to go into farming at Iseyin, Oyo State.

I did that till I went to Port Harcourt and started living with a young man. One day, I went to a joint where I normally smoked Indian hemp and saw some men discussing there. I realized they were militants involved in oil theft.

I approached them and told them I was interested in joining them. They gave me the beating of my life. They accused me of being an informant.

I was beaten for almost one week before one of them, who said he was one of Ateke Tom’s boys, finally said I could join them.

He taught me how to handle guns and we burst many pipelines together. I was making almost N3 million in each operation."

Zakari Isiaka in his combat fatigue play

Zakari Isiaka in his combat fatigue

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"After making enough money, I moved to Abuja and built a house. I bought some cars and started a car dealership. When I left the creeks, I came back with three guns, which I took to my village in Kogi.

The sitting governor of Kogi State at the time had given guns to thugs in the state. Because these same thugs killed my blood brothers during a disagreement, I had to keep the guns in Kogi so that I could use them to protect myself.

During the 2011 elections, I went home to protect my people using the guns I brought back from the creeks.

After that election, I came back to Abuja and continued my business. I am a kind man, I even bought motorcycles for people as gifts. I first married three wives."

Before the 2015 election, thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress had a clash. I had to come back home and fight on the side of the APC.

That was when the APC knew that I had become a powerful person. They realized they needed me.

During the presidential election, Prince Audu gave me N30 million to work for his party.  When it was time for the governorship election, Prince Audu called me again and mobilized me with N20 million and promised that he would make me the Chief Security Officer of the state if he won.

He said he would make me Kogi’s youth leader and I would even be in charge of collecting revenue on farm produce in the state.

My boys and I worked very hard. I was almost killed when I was ambushed by a PDP thug. So, I would have become the state’s CSO if Prince Audu had not died.”

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Isiaka who has been on the wanted list of the police for many years, however, proffered solutions to the government on how to combat crime in the country.

He said that amnesty should be offered to anyone carrying a gun, adding that there are too many guns on the loose.

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