Taraba Wadume, Kidnapper Kingpin, Opens Up

By Suleiman Umaru

Barely two weeks after  The Value News came out with screaming Headlines: Taraba:  Bala Arrested By The Police But freed By  Soldiers  and Taraba: No Hiding Place For Bala, the millionaire Kidnapper kingpin has been re-arrested  by the  Police Special Forces  in the ancient town of Kano.

 The one –time tough talking   Bala    who goes by the nickname Wadume, while making negotiations  for his ransom  families of victims   became  a feather weight, when   surrounded by fierce looking  Crack Police detectives in his hideout in Kano .He was said to have opened up  when he saw the heavy presence of security Operatives and Journalists around him that he was released from  police custody  by soldiers  who cut off his handcuffs and chains on his legs. ‘’Police came to arrest me and when they arrested me , the Army chased  after them and opened fire’’, he had said.

The kidnapper kingpin disclosed that the soldiers of the 92 Battalion , Takum , in Taraba state, took him to their  Barracks   and cut off his handcuffs and released him.  ‘’I went back to my house at Ibi, Headquarters of Ibi local government Area of the state but the police came to re-arrest me’’, he further said.  He may have taken advantage of the confusion in the locality with the  support of his soldier friends to escape to a safe location before relocating to Kano.

Hamisu Bala Wadume: Taraba Kidnapper Kigpin Re-arrested By Police In Kano

Note that  on the Orders of Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police , IGP, the police Special Forces and Intelligence Response Team, IRT , members had intensified their search  for him within and outside  Taraba state  using sophisticated  tracking equipment.

Security sources confirmed  that he was traced to Layin Mai Allo Hotoro Community   by the police  Special Team and IRT members    who were armed with sophistical tracking equipment   which showed his location in the ancient  town   through  phone calls  to family members and friends while still into hiding.

 The rearrests of the suspect was a clear indication that his Collaborators in the Army and the police are in trouble as he  would expose all of them when subjected to interrogation by the Joint military and police panel looking into the killing of the three policemen and two Civilians on the Ibi-Jalingo road. At present , there indications he  was being detained at the Force Headquarters where his alleged Collaborators  may not have any access to him to plot for his release.

The IGP has every reason to order for his arrest because of the death of the three Crack detectives, an Inspector and two Sergeants  , who went for his arrest at Idi, with the support of Kwarba, one of his gang members who had earlier been arrested  by the IRT, in order to identify  him .  Note that five other officers were said to have been injured in the Army shooting. including killing two Innocent  Civilians in the  process

There are  indications that  the suspect may have carried along soldiers and policemen  to carry out  the dirty kidnap Operations in the state. Take for instance , Instances abound as he  was said to have made 200 phone calls to the Crime Officer   and Station Officer in the  Ibi  police Station. He was said to have also put out several calls to the Army Captain  who facilitates his escape.  

More  worrisome was the role of  the crime officer, CO, and the  Station officer at Ibi Poilce Division,the Wadume saga. The Station Officer   was said to have torn off   the entry that was said to have been  made by  the IRT members who met their untimely death  in  the hand of the soldiers  at a checkpoint  to justify the military  claim they were  in the state unofficially  and were, therefore, mistaken as kidnappers because of the alarm raised by Wadume  who brought out his head from the vehicle taking them to the police Headquarters in Jalingo.

Frank Mba, a Lawyer and Deputy  Commissioner of Police , DCP, and who incidentally is the police Spokesperson,     said   the arrest of the  Wadume,  ‘’will in no doubt , help  in bringing   answers  to the numerous  but hitherto unanswered  questions  touching  on  the incident  and the larger Criminal enterprise  of the suspect’’.

The question on the lips of most people was  why the ancient town of Kano has suddenly become a haven for kidnappers. Note that  the three police Crack detectives killed   by Soldiers  at a military Checkpoint  on the road to Jalingo , the Taraba state Capital , had participated in the arrest  of the 13 suspects   responsible for the kidnapping   of Musa Umar Daura, a   former Comptroller of the Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Zone A , of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS,  and  now Magaji Garin, a District Head in Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari  home town, and secured the release of the Monarch. The Kidnappers who  had demanded for N30 million ransom from the family to facilitate his release were disappointed as they could not get the amount because of the involvement of the  police detectives to join Operation Puff Adder Team  in the state to track them.

Security watchers  are  appreciative of what  Adamu , the IGP, has done  in the  last couple  of months  to burst major Kidnap cases in the country  including the arrest of the killers of Paul Offu, a  Catholic Bishop in Enugu which almost tore the country apart. Given the support of the IGP to the various states Commissioner of Police  to do their job, the Enugu state  Police Command was said to have arrested   four suspects  allegedly involved in the killing of   the Enugu Catholic Cleric Cleric . That much was confirmed by  Sulaiman Balarabe, the state Commissioner, of Police.

The bursting of the high kidnap cases may have  changed  people’s opinion about the police that they  could  do their job  perfectly well if the Force have an IGP that knows his onion.   It is not surprising why  the state Commissioners of Police, police Special Teams and the IRT members are not waiting to be told what to do but are making efforts to burst Crimes  became of Adamu, the IGP’s hold on the Force.  

This may have informed why President Muhammadu Buhari, is very much impressed with the current IGP’s efforts to contain Kidnap and other forms of Criminality in the country. Recall that the Katsina state born Nigerian President  had directed Gabriel Olonisakin, a General and Chief of Defense Staff  to set up a probe panel  on the Wadume saga.

 In spite of the fact that the Police  had rearrested Wadume, the notorious Kinapper kingpin in Taraba state,   sources in Defense Headquarters , Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,    said it will not stop  the on- going probe  and investigation  of the Army officers  and soldiers  identified  in the killing  of the three policemen. Many  had  expected him  to Congratulate Adamu and his officers for rearresting the Criminal , showing that that the Military   are not happy that the arrest of the Criminal was not made by them.  The Police had feared that the Criminal may be killed if he was  cited first by the soldiers  because of their strong connection.

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