A suspected kidnapper has revealed that he bought an AK-47 gun he used for operation from a Nigerian soldier.
The 34-year-old suspected kidnapper identified as Sampson Ebiowei, from Ofunama, Ovia southwest Government Area of Edo State was caught with an AK-47 rifle alongside 88 rounds of ammunition by the police.
He confessed further that the soldier serving in Maiduguri, Borno State sold the gun to him for N300, 000. Parading Ebiowei and other suspects on Friday at the Edo State Police Command in Benin City, the new commissioner, Philip Ogbadu, said the Command has made some modest achievements from January 13 to February 4 that he presided over as police boss.
Narrating his alleged involvement within the kidnapping, Ebiowei, who has three wives and 4 children, said he was originally captured within the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme for repentant Niger-Delta militants, but was stopped after three months because he refused to offer a kickback to his uncle who had helped him. And, in anger, he contacted a soldier friend serving in Maiduguri who sold the gun to him at the value of N300, 000 alongside 88 rounds of ammunition.“I was captured within the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme before and was being paid N65,000 per month, but my uncle who helped me to urge the work said he wants to be collecting N20,000 from the cash.
“However, because I said no, he removed my name from the program.“I had bought the gun to fight the oil companies in our place because they need to be refused to offer us jobs,” he said. Highlighting his achievements since arriving in Benin, Ogbadu said the Command has arrested 26 suspected cultists; 17 armed robbers; 11 kidnap suspects, and 6 murder suspects. Other arrests made include five persons for assault and one person for rape. He said the Command also recovered 119 rounds of live ammunition and eight vehicles among other things. consistent with Ogbadu, the command will collaborate with local hunters, vigilante groups, and sister agencies to bring down the speed of crime within the state.
“We will deploy anticrime patrols and operations around identified black spots within the state and have interaction in bush combing “Among other things, our government building Stakeholders’ Meetings have commenced and can be regularly held to review the safety situations.“Engagement of Community members following Community Policing Philosophy of the IGP, intelligence-led policing are going to be encouraged.” The Command stated.