‘How we re-arrested millionaire kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu Wadume’ – Police
The Nigerian Police spokesman, CPS Frank Mba, has narrated how the police re-arrested Taraba State millionaire kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume.
Alhaji Wadume had escaped when the operatives of Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team came under attack from soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, as they conveyed the kidnap suspect from the scene of his arrest on August 6.
In a press statement confirming the arrest of the suspect, Mba said:
“The operatives of the Nigeria Police have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume. His arrest followed a massive manhunt launched by the Police special forces and IRT members.
He was re-arrested in the late hours of Monday, August 19, at his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State.
It would be recalled that the police had been on the massive manhunt for the suspect, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, since August 6, following the unfortunate incident in Ibi, Taraba State, which resulted in the brutal murder of three police officers and two civilians, and injury to five 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.”
The Force spokesman noted that Wadume’s arrest, “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.”
Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, a suspected high profile kidnapping suspect arrested by the police on August 6 and as he was being driven to Jalingo by the police team, a team of soldiers said to have been ordered by a Nigerian Army Captain, a friend of the suspect and one of his beneficiaries, accosted the police team and opened fire on them, killing three police officers and a civilian.
The murdered officers included Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi, Dahiru Musa, and an IRT agent, informant, Olajide Owolabi.