And then Bamie told me that he was ready to go with me for me to be able to meet with Sam Bockarie and Eddie Kanneh so that we will be able to get further discussions on how I will be able to join the fighting forces in Sierra Leone and then I answered, "Okay".
So I joined him and we went, but as we were going we got to a junction in Congo Town. That is the YMCA Junction. When we got there, he told me that we should alight from the taxi and when we alighted we moved straight. We moved off the main road and we branched to another street and we finally ended up in a pub, a bar, and he told me that we should spend some time there in waiting. When I got to the pub I met his friend there, the friend that I referred to, K1, with whom he did things in common. He was also sitting there and he told me that I should wait and that they were going to try to get in touch with Eddie Kanneh and that they would come.
I was there myself, Bamie and K1 together with two other Sierra Leoneans when Mohamed Saleh came. Mohamed Saleh is a Lebanese diamond businessman who had also ran away from Kenema in fear of the Kamajors because they had accused him of doing business with the AFRC. So Mohamed Saleh came, he met us there, we all sat there for some time, we started taking drinks together.
We were there for some time and I saw two gentlemen that I had never seen before and I did not even know them. They joined us in the pub and Mohamed Saleh, who was the Lebanese businessman, he left us and he went.
We were there for a long time, like I said. We were drinking, discussing, drinking and discussing and one amongst the two men who had just come introduced himself to me as Colonel Marzah and he told me that he was Colonel Marzah and the others said he was Captain Denis. He said he was coming from the mansion. I greeted them, we all sat there for a while, but I did not know if they had been given any information, but as the discussion went on Marzah told me that he would like me to be his friend and that later I should go and escort him to the airport as he was going to collect one of his friends. So I told him, "Okay, there is no problem with that".
So we all sat there together discussing about Sierra Leone and I took out my military ID card and showed it to him and I had a certificate on artillery and it was a course that I had taken and trained for when the times in the army were normal and the army had established an artillery unit alongside the Nigerians and it was part of an organisation called NATAG and it was an organisation that the Nigerian army had formed and it was that organisation that trained the Sierra Leonean army in some specialist courses.
So I showed him some of those documents, that is Marzah. He read through them and he returned them to me. We seated there still discussing with the other men when Marzah called me and he said he wanted to talk to me.