A Police sergeant, Haruna Yusuff has confessed how he sold a service pistol to cultists in Kwara State.
The suspect said that he stole the pistol from the former Station Officer in charge of Omu Aran Divisional Police Station, Ehigimetor, Ileso area of the State.
It was gathered that the former Station Officer was eventually dismissed from the force over the missing pistol and died of heart attack because of the stolen pistol.
Haruna was arrested by operatives of the Inspector- General of Police Intelligence Response Team ( IRT), Oshogbo, following a report that some suspected cult members were coming from Kwara State to unleash mayhem on Osun State
Others arrested alongside the police traffic officer included: Tajudeen Olalekan Hammed, Chukwudi Eze, Alebo Elijah ,Alebo Isreal , Abimbola Olaonipekun and Olarinde Abiodun.
“I joined the police as a constable in 2008. I am from Benue State, but I have been serving in Kwara State ,since I was enlisted. I was first posted to Omu Aran Division and later transferred to other divisions in Kwara, but I am now back in Omu Aran. I don’t steal, but I don’t know what came over me. I saw the pistol at the mosque and took it away.
“I can only say that I am sorry. Out of the two arms that I sold to the cultist, one belonged to the Omu Aran Divisional Police Station while the other one was locally-made. That one that belonged to the division, I saw it outside of the mosque behind the police station and took it.
“I didn’t know that it belonged to the SO, It was about three years ago. I got the locally made pistol in Venue State. The person who sold the second gun to me is dead now. We went for a burial and he was talking about selling it and somebody directed him to me .I bargained with him and bought it from him.
“When I picked the police gun it didn’t occur to me to take it to the station despite the fact that I know that it was not valuable to me. I didn’t know what I was going to be using it for. I don’t know what actually came over me. I mistakenly sold the gun.”