The suspected killers of Colonel Samaila Inusa, yesterday narrated how they kidnapped and later killed the military officer in Kaduna in March. The prime suspect, 44 year old Emeka Okeke, said they did not plan to kill the deceased but that he died while struggling to take their gun from him. Speaking before newsmen while being paraded at the Kaduna state Police command yesterday June 9th, Okeke said;
“Me and my group specialise in car snatching, we are not kidnappers, 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. 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.” he said According to Okeke, they sold the deceased’s car for N800, 000.