Sunday, 15 March 2020

Wadume, Army Capt, 17 Others Lands In Court Tomorrow, To Be Charged For Murder, Kidnapping: Olusegun Ariyo

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After Several Months of Long-walk, the Nigeria police have concluded plans to arraign suspected Kingpin known as Hamisu Bala (alias Wadume), captain Tijjani Balarabe, two dismissed policemen eight others as against their various roles in the allegation of murder that took place in Taraba  and kidnapping activities.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, in an interview with journalists, confirmed that the police will arraign Wadume and others at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday 16th, March, 2020.

The arrest of Bala Aka Wadume, seven months ago in Taraba, followed the killing of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers at a checkpoint.
Wadume then escaped until his re-arrest in Kano. Since his re-arrest in August 2019, very little has been heard about the kidnap kingpin.
In a viral video after he was picked-up in Kano State, Wadume said he was released by soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State,
From the court filings, the bedrock of the police case is the kidnapping in Takum on February 16, 2019 of a petrol dealer, Usman Garba by the Wadume gang. It indicated that the Wadume gang demanded N200million ransom during negotiations for the release of the petrol dealer.
But despite that relations of the victim were able to hand over N106.3million to the gang, he was killed.
The police stated that the prosecution would rely on the testimonies of 29 witnesses to prove their case.
Wadume is charged alongside Tijjani Balarabe, an Army captain and 18 others. Also on the list of defendants are Staff Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Corporal Bartholomew Obanye; Private Mohammed Nura; Lance Corporal Okorozie Gideon; Corporal Markus Michael; Lance Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu; Private Ebele Emmanuel; ASP Aondona Iorbee, Insp. Aliyu Dadje and Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor).
Others on the charge sheet are Uba Bala (aka Uba Belu); Ahmad Suleiman (aka Dan Ball); Bashir Waziri (aka Baba Runs); Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho); Hafizu Bala (aka Maiwelder); and Rayyanu Abdul. Count one of the charge reads: “That you, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, 33, aka Wadume; Capt. Ahmed Tijjani Balarabe; ASP Aondona Iorbee; Insp. Aliyu Dadje; Auwalu Bala; Uba Bala; Ahmad Suleiman; Bashir Waziri; Zubairu Abdullahi; Rayyanu Abdul and others now at large, between February and April, 2019 at Takum and Ibi, Taraba State, within the jurisdiction of this court, while acting in concert, conspired together to commit felony, to wit: acts of terrorism, by attacking and kidnapping one Usman Garba (aka Mayo), at his filling station in Takum, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act 2013.”

They were also accused of possessing six AK-47 rifles and dealing in prohibited firearms contrary to section 27 (1)(a)(I) and (1)(b)(iii) of the firearms act.

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