“The other lady with me told me that she was going to Bariga. She [Madueke] also came, but said she could not get a vehicle to her residence that night because it was late. I then left them (both ladies) in the office and went out on a night patrol.
“It was then I started thinking I would go back and wake them up. When I returned, I gave her N4,000 (transport fare) to go.”
Asked if he slept with Madueke, he said, “When two people are in my office? I did not sleep with her. I left them there. Unknown to me, she had gone to pick a bag behind my chair. It was when she left that I discovered that my pistol was missing, with N50,000. I did not even care about the money, but I started calling her, and she did not pick the calls. She also blocked me on WhatsApp.
“We went to prayer houses and consulted alfas, me and the other girl, but we did not find her. I did not see her for one week. I paid people who tracked her.”
He said he regretted ‘helping’ Madueke that night when she claimed to be stranded, adding that after she was arrested, she denied taking the gun but admitted to ‘stealing’ N7,000 from the bag.
“I believe she will still say where the gun is,” he added.
When our correspondent reached out to the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the SCIID, Adegoke Fayoade, on Thursday, he said there was no such matter at the SCIID.
Madueke’s relative, Nnodi, who apologised for missing several calls from our correspondent earlier on Thursday, said he was at the SCIID at the time.
He, however, cut off the call immediately the reporter told him the reason for the call.
When our correspondent called back, he changed his tone and warned PUNCH Metro not to contact him again.
The state Commissioner of Police, Odumosu, did not take his calls which rang out many times; a text message was also not replied to.
Our correspondent learnt from a close associate of Madueke that she was ill and abandoned at the SCIID.