23rd February 2024
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CRIME: Suspected Kidnap Kingpin explains how he escaped

CRIME: Suspected Kidnap Kingpin explains how he escaped

Rearrested suspected kidnapper, who introduced himself as Hamisu Bala Wadume, has explained how he escaped from the operatives of Intelligence Response Team on August 6.

He explained that he escaped from IRT operatives when they came under attack from soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, as they conveyed the kidnap suspect from the scene of his arrest.

The Army later explained that the soldiers attacked the IRT operatives when they mistook them for criminals, following a distress call they had received.

It will be recalled that during the said attack, three policemen and a civilian were killed, while five other operatives sustained injuries.

The suspected notorious kidnapper was, however, re-arrested earlier Monday, August 19, Force spokesperson Frank Mba said on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

In a video clip posted on the verified Twitter handle of Nigeria Police Force, Tuesday, Wadume, who spoke in Hausa, virtually implicated soldiers at the Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, in his escape from the IRT custody.

Wadume spoke in Hausa, which was interpreted by our in-house staff member.

The suspect, who is alleged to have received millions of naira as ransom from his victims, said, “My name is Hamisu Bala Wadume.

“Police came to arrest me, When they arrested me, army chased after them and opened fire.

“From there, they (soldiers) took me to their headquarters, and cut up my handcuffs.

“I went back to my house and Police came to re-arrest me…”

– The Punch/ Twitter hand of Nigerian Police Force

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