The Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress and the State Government on Monday exchanged words over the allegation that the state Governor Darius Ishaku, gave the suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala (aka Wadume) N6m during the last election.
The media aide to the governor, Bala Bala Dan-Abu, stated that the Taraba governor never gave the suspected kidnapper money.
The chairman of APC in the state, Ibrahim El-Sudi, claimed that Wadume’s statement that he received #6m from the governor is a clear vindication of the APC’s earlier stand that Ishaku harboured “criminals.”
“The revelations by the suspected kidnap kingpin Hamisu is a clear testimony of what we have been constantly accusing the governor of doing during the recent general election.”
“We accused the governor of keeping so many criminals close to him and now we are vindicated. There is another one called Fusky.”
“I learnt that even Fusky has been arrested.”
“More investigation should be done to unravel those who have been behind criminality in Taraba State,” he said.
As earlier reported by Naija News, Governor Ishaku while reacting to this statement through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan-Abu, claimed that he has never released such money to the kidnapper.
“We wish to state categorically that Governor Ishaku was never a victim of Wadume’s duplicity and never lost money to his antics.”
“We urge the general public to disregard Wadume’s confessions on the alleged defrauding of Governor Ishaku as the rantings of a drowning criminal.”
“Governor Ishaku has never met the kidnap suspect and would not even recognise him if they were to meet today.”
“Ishaku uses this opportunity to commend security agencies for promptly arresting Wadume, who is the reason behind the dastardly murder of three Police officers and one other person in Ibi earlier this month.”
“Ishaku urged the security agencies to expand their dragnet to all the nooks and corners of Taraba State where the accomplices of Wadume and other criminal gangs may still be hiding, to arrest them and bring them to book,” the statement read.