Police: No Hiding Place For Bala, The Taraba state Kidnapper Kingpin

By Suleiman Umaru

 Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, who is not ready to allow the death of  three of his finest operational officers  at a military  checkpoint  on the excuse that they mistook them to be kidnappers  for failing to stop  when flagged down would not allow it to be wished  way without Hamisu Bala, the  Taraba Kidnapper kingpin fished out  from his hideout within and outside the state.

 The number one Police Corp, according to security sources, has  given a marching order to the  Police Intelligence Response Team IRT,  which is  attached to his office and the anti-kidnapping Teams  in the states  to smoke out the so-called  Bala,  who  was said to have  been  instrumental to the Tukur Buratai, a Lt. General and Chief of Army Staff, CAS’s  soldiers from the 93 Battalion, taking  action at the military checkpoint along the Ibi local government Area road in the north eastern state.  

The IGP , has every reason to feel bad about the  untimely  death of the officers in the hand of the soldiers. Giving the names of the fallen officers as Mark Edaile,  an Inspector from Edo state,, described as the heartbeat of the nation, Usman Danzumi  and Dahiru Musa, both wearing  the rank of Sergeants from Taraba state, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Force Spokesperson said  the officers had severally  participated in sensitive operations for the Force in the past and produced result.

Hamisu Bala: Police Map Out Strategies to arrest The Kidnapper Kingpin

 He cited  the arrest of Evans, a multi-millionaire kidnap kingpin in  his posh home in  Magodo, Lagos. According tom, they had \ participated  in the arrest of  the notorious 20 BokoHaram  terrorists  responsible  for the  2014 kidnapping of  the Chibok school girls in Borno state  and the arrest of the dreaded  Umar Abdulmalik, a Boko Haram Commander  in the North Central geo-political region, thus restoring calm to the region as there had  not been any form of Insurgency in the region in the last four years.

Other sensitive operations of the trio  before they met their untimely death along the Ibi road include the arrest  of the kidnappers  of the  two American  and two Canadia  tourists in Kaduna state as well as the rescue  of Musa Daura, a former Comptroller, Federal Operations Unit, FOU, of the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS    home state of President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano, the most populous state in the north. They may  have won the heart of the IGP ,with the arrest of  the 13 people  responsible  for the kidnapping of the Daura district Head on May 1st, 2019.  The kidnap of the District Head may have rattled Farouk Musa, the Emir of Daura and the Katsina born Nigerian President who directed the Heads of the various security agencies in to beef up security in the state.  

  This may have informed   why  the IGP saw them as the best materials that could  easily smoke out Hamisu Bala, the millionaire kidnapper, in Taraba state, who is  in the ranks of Evans, from the south east to further boost their records.

They  may have  succeeded  in the operation with the arrest of the   kinapper kingpin by handcuffing and chaining his legs  before the soldiers from the 93 Battalion, Takum,  played the spoiler’s role on their way to Jalingo Police Headquarters to hand him over to the CP in the state by providing the opportunity for him to escape to thin air. The soldiers at the Ibi checkpoint  had shot at  the tyre of the bus carrying the police detectives and the kidnapper kingpin, forcing the vehicle to somersault into the bush, thus paving the way of escape for him.

Note that  the Taraba millionaire kidnapper kingpin , has been on  the  list of Criminals declared wanted in the country over the last four  years because of his Complicity  in several  high profile kidnap cases   including the abduction  of an oil  -magnet  in the ranks of Theophilous Danjuma, a retired Lt. General and former minister of Defense under the former President Olusegun  Obasanjo Administration, in the state. He had   demanded  a  N100 million ramsome  which was said to have been paid by the family to him in an undisclosed location.

The killing of the three fine police detectives may have forced the IRT and the anti-kinapping  teams  across the country , particular  the state into action. The Teams  were said to have  intensified their manhunt for him in all the   nooks and crannies of the country in order to fish him out. The Value News learnt that  the Crack detectives  are working closely with the specialisied  teams in other states of the Federation  to fish him out  from his hideout.

A senior police officer who  confided in the Magazine disclosed that the same way  the police mapped strategies that led to the arrest of  the multi-millionare Evans, who is currently standing trial in a Lagos , High Court over alleged kidnapping cases,, the same way  Bala, who may think he has escaped for good, would be arrested to face  the full weight of the Law.It is not surprising why the Force have put a close tab on the officers of the 93 Battalion Takum  to ensure that their effort was not sabotaged.

Giving the war of words between the Police and the Army over the kiling of three Crack police  detectives at  a checkpoint mounted by the  Officers from the 93 Battalion , Takum , in Taraba state,  the President who is not happy that the two  security agencies under his Administration which  are playing a major key role in  ensuring the  security of the country were washing their dirty linen in the public  was said to have directed Gabriel Olonisakin, a General and Chief of Defence Statff, CDS, to commence immediate investigation into  the involvement of the soldiers  at the military check on the death of the police officers.

The intervention of the Presidency  on the matter may have forced the  two security agencies   last Wednesday   to set up  a joint panel  to investigate the incident and make their recommendation to the Authorities for implementation. The Army Authorities may hay have known that  the police are good when it comes to investigation that they have allowed  Mike Ogbizi,  a Deputy Inspector General, DIG of Police, to Head the panel.

In spite of the fact that the two security agencies had constituted a joint Investigation panel  to look into the Ibi saga, Sadiq Abubakar, an Air Marshall and Chief of Air Staff , has said  that  the Defense Headquarters    have also decided    to set up a Committee , on the orders of the President  to look into the circustances  that led to the incident  and the disappearance of the kidnapper kingpin  in Taraba state.

Aware that the Investigation panels may want to invite  leadership  of the Young Democratic Party, YDP, to explain the party relationship with the run-away kidnapper in the state, the party was said to have  issued a d Statement  disclaiming  him, insisting that he was never a’’ member of the party, let  alone  buying form to contest the last  Taraba state House of Assembly Election on the platform of the party in the state.

Ibrahim Jauro, the party acting National Publicity Secretary  has tasked the various security agencies panel on the Ibi incident to look elsewhere   to unravel  the mystery  behind  the saga  and bring  all those alleged to be culpable to Justice.

 ‘’We have no record of his membership whatsoever’’, the party had said. This is bad news for the Amy Captain  and the  three soldiers who were said to have  provided security cover to escort  him  to hi  Ibi home after cutting the police handcuff and chains on his leg as they may be dismissed  and made to face the wrath of the law as a deterrence to others who may  have link with Kidnappers and other Criminal elements in the country.

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