Godwin Chinyere, a 46-year old arms dealer believed to have sold the firearms and ammunitions used by Chukwudumeme Owuamadike aka Kidnapper Evans, has been arrested in Delta State by the Nigerian Police Force.
Goodwin’s arrest came two years after Kidnapper Evans confessed to have made use of rocket launcher and different forearms in his operations.
Following the arrest and confession by Evans, Godwin went into hiding. Thinking that hunt for him had died down, he came out of hiding but was traced down to Asaba where he got arrested in Delta State.
In his confession, he admitted to selling firearms to Evans. He also revealed that he learnt how to make firearms when he dropped out of school.
I learned how to make locally made guns from a village known as Abala and I was one Chinaka Nnawakwo and that thought me the job. I spent three years learning the job before I started making my own. I have several customers who were gun runners coming to buy guns from me in large quantities.
I usually sell locally made double barrel guns for the sum of N10,000 and the single barrel was sold for N6,000, while the locally short guns were sold for N10,000.
One of customers, Samuel Nwakpa, who was coming from the Kaduna State to buy guns from me, was the person who linked me to big arms dealers in Chad and Niger republic. They were the people supplied me the five Ak-47 rifles I sold to Evans which he used for his bank robbery and kidnapping activities.
I met Evans when he came to my village to treat his bullet wound and his native doctor Eyinaya Hearth, linked him to me.
I knew he was using it for armed robbery and for kidnapping. Evans paid me the sum of N1.7 million for the five Ak-47 rifles after they were supplied to me in Chad. The rifles were concealed in bags of fish and I took my commissions and gave the rest of the money to Nwapka, who also supplied the rocket launchers to Evans.
“Before Evans was arrested, I have stopped doing the business and I and turned a new leaf, but I fled and went into hiding when he was arrested because I knew he was going to mention my name to the police and I don’t even know that the police still looking for me when I came out of hiding and I was arrested. I warned Evan to stop kidnapping when I turned a new leaf but he wouldn’t listen to me.” He lamented.