Wadume Makes Shocking Revelations
Shocking revelations have continued to trail the re-arrest of suspected kidnap millionaire suspect, Hamisu Bala (a.k.a Wadume) who was re-arrested on Monday.
Following the re-arrest, Wadume has confessed that he sent a huge amount of money to an Army captain who eventually coordinated his release from the police operatives.
It was learnt that Wadume paid the money into the army captain’s bank account about three weeks ago.
Naija News recalls the Police had made the shocking revelation that some soldiers of the Nigerian Army opened fire on the Police operatives who had gone to Ibi, Taraba state to arrest Wadume killing some officers and a civilian but the army in its response, claimed that the battalion mistook the operatives for kidnappers before opening fire on them.
The already arrested Wadume was eventually set free in the ensuing saga before he was re-arrested in the late hours of Monday in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State.
He was said to have disclosed to detectives that the soldiers took him to the barracks, from where the Captain allegedly took him to his house, before a welder was invited to cut off the chains on his hand and leg and then he escaped.
A source privy to the investigation said: “He has made so many revelations. A lot of things have been said that I don’t want to talk about to avoid jeopardising ongoing investigations. It is a huge network and so many people are involved.
“I can tell you that he confessed to have paid huge money into the Captain’s bank account three weeks ago and that he usually gave each checkpoint N20,000 each time he passed.”
Naija News reports a video of Wadume’s confession on how he was arrested and later set free by soldiers had been trending in social media and has been causing concerns for the Joint Investigative Panel set up by the Defence Headquarters to look into the matter.
Sources within the panel who don’t want to be mentioned said: “We are seriously disturbed and alarmed by the latest video on the purported confession of the re-arrested kingpin, Wadume, while in the custody of the police.
“Though it is a commendable effort for the re-arrest of the kidnap kingpin, the video recording of the alleged confession of Wadume while the panel is still conducting its investigation is quite worrisome as efforts are being put in place to ensure smooth relations between the military and the police before the offending confession.
“Though our panel was inaugurated on August 9 with an initial one-week deadline, we have been mandated to continue and conclude the probe as soon as possible.
“The arrest of Wadume would definitely shed more light on our investigation, considering the volume of arrests and interrogations so far.”
However, The Nation quotes acting spokesman Col Onyema Nwachukwu as saying the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has appealed to Nigerians to shun comments that could pit the police against the army and allow the joint investigative panel do its work.
He declined comments on Balarabe, saying: “Our concern should be that the panel does exhaustive investigation and gets to the bottom of the matter. So, I would not like to begin to make comments that would preempt the investigation or its outcome.”