Kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala Wadume has explained how he escaped from operatives of the Intelligence Response Team deployed from Abuja to arrest him in Ibi, Taraba State on August 6.
In a video clip posted on the verified Twitter handle of Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday, Wadume, who spoke in Hausa, implicated soldiers at Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, in his escape from IRT’s custody.
The suspect, who is alleged to have received millions of naira as ransom from his victims, said, “My name is Hamisu Bala Wadume.
“Police came to arrest me, When they arrested me, army chased after them and opened fire.
“From there, they (soldiers) took me to their headquarters and cut up my handcuffs.
“I went back to my house and police came to re-arrest me…”
Wadume escaped from the custody of IRT operatives when they came under attack from soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, as they conveyed the kidnap suspect from the scene of his arrest.
The army explained that the soldiers attacked the IRT operatives when they mistook them for criminals, following a distress call they had received.
Following a severe manhunt, the Nigeria Police Force re-arrested the notorious kidnapper in a hideout in Hotoro Quarters in Kano acting on intelligence alert. He is presently undergoing interrogation at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu expressed confidence that the police will get in-depth details of Wadume’s activities.
The statement said: “Police operatives have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume.
“He was re-arrested in the late hours of yesterday, August in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State.
“It would be recalled that the police has been on amassive manhunt for the suspect 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,” Mba said.
The IGP 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 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 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,” said Mba.