Soldiers aided my escape, Kidnap kingpin confesses
The operatives of the Nigeria Police have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume.
Confirming his re-arrest in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the Police said that Wadume was re-arrested in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State on Tuesday.
The Daily Times recalls that the police have been on the massive manhunt for the suspect, Wadume since August 6, following the unfortunate incident in Ibi, Taraba State which resulted in the brutal murder of three police officers, two civilians and leaving five others injured.
The suspect, who was appropriately restrained at the time of the incident, was subsequently released by his “rescuers” after they had destroyed the restraining handcuffs.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, while commending the police operatives for their perseverance and painstaking efforts, expressed gratitude to all Nigerians for their unparalleled show of love and empathy to the police and the families of the officers and patriotic civilians who paid the supreme price in the service of their fatherland.
It is his belief that the re-arrest of the suspect, Wadume, will no doubt, help in bringing answers to the numerous, but hitherto, unanswered questions touching on the incident and the larger criminal enterprise of the suspect.
Following his arrest by men of the police on Tuesday, the notorious billionaire kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, has revealed that men of the Nigeria Army aided his escape on August 6 after he was arrested by police detectives.
Wadume, who spoke in Hausa in a 41-second video that was released online, said that he escaped after the soldiers opened fire and killed some policemen that arrested him.
“After arresting me, they were taking me away when soldiers went after them and opened fire and some policemen were killed. From there, the soldiers took me to their headquarters and cut off the handcuffs on my hands and I ran away.
“Since I ran away, I have been hiding until now that the police arrested me.”