The Osun State Police Command has paraded a Sergeant, Haruna Yusuf, for stealing and selling his colleague’s gun to DJ (Disc Jockey).
The suspect before his arrest was attached to the traffic department of the Omu-Aran Division, Kwara State.
Yusuf, from Benue State while speaking said he joined the Nigeria Police Force on June 1, 2008.
Narrating the story on why he was being paraded with other suspects he said, “on November 30, I was on special duty when I was arrested by the IRT (Intelligence Response Team). They took me to our station and from there, investigation into allegations against me started. The allegation has to do with the issue of a missing firearm (a pistol). I was dumped in a cell.
I found it (a pistol) behind a mosque in my division in Omu-Aran town. I decided not to tell my colleagues about it. I didn’t know what came over me. I eventually sold the firearm. I can’t explain what came over me at that time.
I sold it to a DJ (Disc Jockey). I sold the gun for N47,000. The man is into the business of firearms”.
He, however denied stealing the firearm from one late Inspector Ehigimetor Ileso, who was dismissed from the police because of his missing gun.
Yusuf said “I didn’t steal the gun. I found it on the ground as I said earlier. It was later that I found out that the person that the gun was assigned to was in my division. I knew when they started looking for the gun but I was afraid to say that I found the gun.
I felt that if I confessed then, it would create a problem for me. The person I sold the gun to would also be in problem. I was scared and that was why I decided not to say anything.
The suspect also disclosed that that the stolen gun was not the only firearm that he has sold to the DJ.
According to him, “I sold that gun and one locally-made revolver pistol. I sold that one too.
Speaking on where he got the revolver pistol from, he said “I attended the burial of someone from my tribe and at the ceremony, I met someone that told us that if we were interested we could get the revolver. The man said if I was interested, I could have it.
I bought it from him. I looked into the offer, and with the insecurity in the country occasioned by killer herdsmen, I thought I needed personal protection. I signified intention to have the gun. I met the person that sold it to me at the burial. So I paid for the gun. I bought it for N25,000”.