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Kidnap Kingpin, Wadume Sentenced To Seven Years Imprisonment


Hamisu Bala

Suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

The judgement was passed by Justice Binta Nyako after the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami on behalf of the Federal Government filed 13-count charges against him.

Justice Nyako sentenced Wadume to prison after convicting him of counts two and 10 out of the charges levelled against him.

Wadume was convicted of escaping from lawful custody and unlawfully dealing in prohibited firearms.

Other defendants in the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/30/2020 are: Aliyu Dadje (a police inspector), Auwalu Bala (aka omo razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu), Bashir Waziri (aka baba runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul.

Justice Nyako in the judgement delivered on the 22nd of July, 2022, but spotted on Sunday, upheld the case of the prosecution team, which included Labaran Magaji and Mrs Yetunde Cole, as it relates to five out of the seven defendants.

Inspector Dadje was also convicted by Justice Nyako and sentenced to three years for tampering with police records to conceal a crime.

Dadje, who was a Station Officer at the Ibi Divisional Police Headquarters, Ibi Local Government Area, Taraba State was said to have, in August 2019, “willfully tampered with the entry made by the leader of the IGP IRT team, Inspector Felix Adolije, by tearing off the entry page to cover up for Captain Tijani Ahmed Balarabe and his team”

Inspector Dadje decided after noticing that Capt. Balarabe and his team had committed a terrorism offence.

Balarabe and his team had attacked and killed three members of the IGP IRT team and two civilians who were in Ibi, Taraba State to make a lawful arrest.

Justice Nyako equally convicted and sentenced Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu) and Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) to seven years each on counts three, four, five, six and 11.

She however discharged and acquitted Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor) and Bashir Wazlri (aka Baba Runs), who was listed as the 3rd and 5th defendants, for want of evidence.