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Video: How Nigeria Army ‘Helped’ Me Escape Arrest – Wadume

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Notorious Taraba State kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, who was re-arrested on Monday, has revealed details of his escape.

Before his arrest, Wadume was a ‘high profile’ kidnapping suspect arrested by the police on August 6 and was driven to Jalingo by the police team when soldiers opened fire on them along Ibi-Wukari Road.

The attack in its wake left three police officers and a civilian killed as well as Wadume’s escape.

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

Apparently displeased with the action of the army, the Nigeria police engaged its sister security agency in a Twitter war as well as nationwide anxiety, prompting President Muhammadu Buhari to order an investigation.

Naija News understands that the investigation panel, comprising persons with police and military background, was initially scheduled to conclude its findings last week, but the team sought an additional two weeks to wrap up.

Wadume’s re-arrest was however confirmed in a statement on Tuesday by Police spokesperson, Frank Mba.

In a video clip obtained by Naija News on Tuesday, Wadume, who spoke in Hausa, implicated soldiers at the Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, in his escape from the IRT custody.

Wadume 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…”



Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.