Kidnap kingpin, Wadume, sentenced to seven years imprisonment Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, better known as Wadume, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment. Wadume was charged alongside Aliyu Dadje, a police inspector, Auwalu Bala, Uba Bala, Bashir Wazlri, Zubairu Abdullahi and Rayyanu Abdul. They were prosecuted by the office of the attorney-general of the federation on a 13-count charge. Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, delivered the judgment on July 22, but it was made available to the media on Sunday. The judge convicted Wadume on counts two and 10 which border on escaping from lawful custody and unlawfully dealing in prohibited firearms. Uba Bala and Abdullahi were also sentenced to seven years imprisonment each. Dadje, a police inspector, was sentenced to three years for tampering with police records to conceal a crime. He was the station officer at the Ibi divisional police headquarters, Ibi LGA of Taraba state at the time of the crime. According to court records, Dadje was said to have tampered with entries made by Felix Adolije, leader of the IGP IRT team in August 2019, by tearing off the entry page to cover up for Tijani Balarabe, an army captain, and his team who released Wadume and killed some of the officers who arrested him. One Abdul, a resident in Kano, was sentenced to three years for harbouring Wadume after he escaped from police custody. However, the court discharged and acquitted the third and fifth defendants, Auwal Bala and Bashir Waziri, for lack of evidence against them
Kidnap kingpin, Wadume

The Nigerian police has rearrested Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, a suspected kidnap kingpin ‘freed’ by solders who killed three police men in Taraba State.

Mr Wadume was seen at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.

The police confirmed the arrest in a statement, Tuesday by its spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba.

“The operatives of the Nigeria Police have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume. He was re-arrested in the late hours of yesterday, 19th August, 2019 in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State,” the statement read.

“It would be recalled that the Police had been on the massive manhunt for the suspect, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume since 6th August, 2019 following the unfortunate incident in Ibi, Taraba State which resulted in the brutal murder of three (3) Police Officers and two (2) civilians, and injury to five (5) others. 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, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni while commending the Police operatives for their perseverance and painstaking efforts, has expressed his profound gratitude to all Nigerians for their unparalleled show of love and empathy to the Force 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, Alhaji Hamisu Bala 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.”

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