A self-confessed arms dealer, one Ojomo Gbenga Adebowale, says he has supplied AK 47 rifles and ammunition to Hamisu Wadume, the man whose recent arrest led to the killing of three police officers by soldiers in Taraba State.
Mr Adebowale, 35-year-old suspect, is currently in the custody of the police, told interrogators that the business relationship between him and Mr Wadume started with the supply of six AK-47 and 3000 rounds of ammunition to him.
But Mr Adebowale said he never knew that Mr Wadume was into kidnapping as it is not his business to ask what his customers do with the arms he sells to them.
“I am into firearms dealership,” he said.
“I got to know him through one Moses. You know the firearm business involves a lot of people; it is not a one-man business; it’s a cartel and we have bases and we are based in different places like Lagos, Ibadan and Onitsha.
“So, I got to know Hamisu through one Moses from Onitsha. This Moses is a friend to one Dooshima and Delili, who happen to be Tiv guys from Benue State.
“Hamisu is a friend to Doshima and Delili and they usually come from Makurdi, to see Moses who is my partner in firearms business; that was how I met him.
“There was a time I traveled to do supply in Onitsha; that was the first time I met them and that was about four years ago.
“They came together to Onitsha. He wasn’t my customer, so I didn’t have much dealings with him; I only chatted with him because my business is a mafia kind of business; so I’m careful with the kind of people I deal with.
“Besides, I didn’t want my partner to think that I wanted to snatch his customers from him, so I decided to stay away from them.
“I think the last time I went to make supply, I went to Makurdi, that was six months after we met in Onitsha; we were all together in Makurdi; that was where I got to know that Hamisu is actually from Taraba State, because all along I was thinking he was from Benue State because of his friends.
“That was four years ago when I went to supply Doshima and Delili their consignments.
“Later, I don’t know if he got my number from them; but early this year, I think around January, because I travelled out of the country. I had a problem and travelled and came back that was when they now broke the news of the death of Delili.
“He told me that Delili was dead and that he got my number through Delili because when he called me early this year, he was calling with a hidden number.
“It was when I picked the phone that he said Delili was dead. I was shocked and he said that the Hamisu whom I was not really friendly with was in dire need of AK-47 rifles.
“I think he asked for 10 AK-47 rifles, and I didn’t have that number at the time in my possession. “But since he said he was in desperate need of them, I told him I had only six and four cans because he requested for 10.
“The ammunition is called can. The box of the ammunition is called can. So I said I could only provide six AK-47s and four cans. That was late January this year.”
He warned young men contemplating going into crime to desist because “it is not good at all.” He added: “Truly I never knew I would end up like this. I feel so remorseful about everything that I have done with my life.”