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I Helped Take away Kidnap Kingpin, Wadume’s Handcuffs With Spoon

Balarabe and Wadume

Based on The PUNCH, the embattled Capt Tijjani Balarabe who was indicted for facilitating the escape of a suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala (Wadume), mentioned he assisted in eradicating {the handcuffs} from Wadume’s palms.

The officer instructed the Joint Investigation Panel that he used a spoon to open {the handcuffs}.

Balarabe mentioned this in his assertion to the JIP which probed the killing of three law enforcement officials and their two civilian assistants on Ibbi-Takum Street, in Taraba State, on August 6, 2019.

The boys had been attacked and killed by troopers connected to Battalion 93 commanded by Balarabe.

The troopers had of their statements detailed the varied roles they performed within the homicide of the operatives of the Intelligence Response Crew who had been deployed in Ibbi city, Taraba, to arrest Wadume for abducting one Usman Garba.

Wadume had obtained N106.3m ransom and nonetheless went forward to kill his sufferer as a result of his household failed to offer the extra N20m he demanded.

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After the car conveying the policemen and Wadume crashed when a soldier, Sgt. Ibrahim Muhammed, shot the tyres, Balarabe mentioned he interviewed one of many survivors who recognized himself as a police officer from Abuja.

Balarabe acknowledged that Wadume was taken to the military camp the place his handcuffs had been eliminated.

The captain mentioned, “The guard commander of Gidan Waya instructed me that the locals arrested one of many suspects and he was with him on the checkpoint and he was having a police ID card; the suspect mentioned he was a policeman from Abuja.

“Lt Yushau Saad introduced him from Gidan Waya with the ID card. I interviewed him and he mentioned they had been despatched from Abuja to arrest the Alhaji (Wadume). We moved the injured (policemen) to the hospital and the DCO Wukari (ASP Aondona Iorbee) confirmed that they’re policemen.

“Once I arrived on the camp, my troopers and ASP Iorbee and a civilian had been eradicating handcuffs from the Alhaji (Wadume). I entered my kitchen and picked a spoon to hitch them in eradicating {the handcuffs}.”

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After eradicating {the handcuffs}, the captain acknowledged that he left Wadume and his two sisters in his lounge, whereas he went to Ibbi city with Lt. Saad to retrieve some rifles belonging to the IRT policemen.

On returning, he mentioned Wadume had disappeared, and when contacted on telephone, he claimed he was receiving therapy at an undisclosed clinic.

“Earlier than I left for city, Hamisu and his two sisters had been in our parlour; I got here again to the camp and couldn’t discover Hamisu. I requested my CSM as the following particular person (officer) to me within the camp, he mentioned he didn’t know when he went out.

“I referred to as Alhaji (Hamisu) and he mentioned he was on a drip at a clinic. I went to the clinic, he was not there. I referred to as him once more however he had switched off his telephone. All efforts to hint Alhaji proved abortive,” Balarabe narrated.

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Talking on the suspected kidnapper’s relationship with officers in Taraba State, the army officer mentioned he bought the variety of the state Commissioner of Police from Wadume, stressing that the 2 males had been good pals.

He famous, “I bought the variety of the commissioner of police from Hamisu as a result of they’re good pals. He referred to as the CP earlier than he requested me to name him in respect of a case of Fulani and Jukun.”

The captain admitted that he requested Iorbee to change off his telephone “in order that the army police can’t get him on the telephone.”

Wadume had recognized Balarabe and 9 different troopers as his accomplices. They’re Workers Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Corporal Bartholomew Obanye; Personal Mohammed Nura; Lance Corporal Okorozie Gideon; Corporal Markus Michael; L/Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra;  Workers Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, and Personal Ebele Emmanuel.

However the Legal professional Common of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the army authorities have been shielding them from felony prosecution.

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