Umar is standing trial for allegedly bombing a plaza accomodating the offices of some newspapers in Kaduna in April 2012.
The witness, a police detective, who interrogated Umar after he was arrested in Kaduna and transferred to Abuja, said Umar was unhappy because his being alive denied him of an opportunity to make heaven.
Testifying while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Mr. Simon Labaran, the witness, who was masked and did not disclose his name, narrated how Umar was handed over to him at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, after his arrest in Kaduna on April 26, 2012.
He said, “I was serving in Force CID Area 10, Abuja, as a detective in charge of investigation of terrorism cases.
“On April 26, 2012, the accused person was brought from Kaduna and handed over to me for discreet investigation.
“The accused person was involved in the bombing of ThisDay office (in Kaduna).
“He was always crying because the operation he went for failed, he said that he would have been happier if he had died in the operation with people (victims) so that he would be in heaven.”
Confirming that Umar was not tortured to get a confession out of him, the witness informed the court that the suspect made five statements while he was interrogated and received medical care while in custody.