The suspected kidnappers and killers of a top military officer have confessed that they did not intend to kill the man.
The suspects, Emeka Okeke Cyprain, 44, Ebele Precious, 41, Ibrahim Kabiru, 23, and Chijioke Ugwuanyi, 42, who were recently rounded up by operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), have confessed to the kidnap and murder of the officer, though they all said they did not intend to kill him but that he dragged a gun with them and was shot in the process.
The Killer Gang members
While being paraded by the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Adamu Ibrahim, Okeke, the alleged leader of the gang, told reporters:
"We did not originally plan to kill the officer but he died during a struggle with a gun. Me and my group specialise in car snatching, we are not kidnappers.
When we kidnapped the man, we did not know he was a military officer. On that Sunday evening, we were on patrol to snatch any vehicle we saw. It was in the process we saw Colonel Yunusa’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.
But one bullet was already in the panel. So, 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 he attempted to pull the trigger, but he could not do that and I succeeded in turning the gun in his direction. He pulled the trigger and fired himself.
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.”
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When asked where his gang members were when he was dragging the gun with the late Colonel, Okeke said, they all ran away.
"It was after one week that we started reading on the pages of newspapers and on social media that the man we killed was a senior military officer."