Military personnel on duty at the entrance of Wilberforce Barracks last Thursday night intercepted a civilian with an Israeli manufactured Uzi gun complete with 120 rounds of ammunitions.
According to sources at the Military Headquarters in Cockeril, the suspect – Victor John was stopped at the entrance of the barracks, and his white Mercedes Benz car with registration number AAE-984 was searched after he had dropped off a female passenger within the barracks.He was detained over night by the Military and after a brief interrogation by Military Police personnel on Friday morning, he was handed over to the Regional Police Commissioner Western Area, Tamba Gbeki for further investigations.
A few hours later in an apparent bid to contain the news spreading and being distorted the police called an emergency press conference to brief the media about the issue.
Assistance Inspector General of Police Chris Charlie who chaired the Press Conference confirmed that the military informed them Friday morning of an arrest they made the previous night whilst on their duties, wherein they intercepted a Mercedes Benz car with registration number AAE 984 and found a gun and four magazines each loaded with 30 bullets.
The culprit was identified as Victor John of 13 Goree Street who works for Corporate Partners of Africa (CPA) as operations officer doing granite mining.
Mr Victor John was brought to the press conference in person and the uzi gun and ammunition displayed for the press to see.
Mr John was then asked to explain himself to the journalists present how he came into possession of the gun and ammunitions.
Explaining, he said, “our company (CPA) which is based in Freetown bought over Advance Industrial Mineral of Bumbuna, and when our staff visited the homes they occupied before they left, they discovered a tied object, which after untying was discovered to be a gun”
He stated that he was sent from Freetown to Bumbuna to pick up the weapon under strict instructions to hand it over to the police.
Victor John went on to narrate “there was an arranged meeting with a police officer on Thursday which failed, but the weapon was in my car and at night coming down from Wilberforce, I was stopped by the military to search my car and the weapon was found”, he said
The arrested suspect said the weapon was owned by one Mr William Corisel Schuam an American working for Advance Industrial Mineral.
He is still with the police pending further investigation.