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Army Captain who ordered killing of 3 policemen found to have exchanged 191 messages with kidnapper

Amadin Ogbewe

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The Nigerian army captain who had allegedly ordered his men to attack policemen who were transporting a kidnap kingpin has been discovered to have been in contact with said kidnapper. 

The incident had occurred along the Ibi-Jalingo expressway in Taraba state, and the police operatives were attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT.

Police investigation carried out so far has revealed that telephone conversations between the kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, alias Wadume and the captain, were about 191 within the space of one month between July 9 and August 6 reports Vanguard.

A source quoted in the report, explained that the police authorities believed that the army captain might have been providing cover for the kidnapper, who is said to have received hundreds of millions as ransom from his victims.

The army captain is currently undergoing interrogation at the Defence Headquarters Abuja.

FIve other army personnel were arrested along side him as they participated in the killing of the policemen and two civilians.

The arrested solders had confessed that they received orders to attack the policemen from the captain, whom they said informed them that Wadume had been kidnapped and was being transported in a silver-coloured Toyota Hiace Bus.

Further investigations revealed that the army officer who been absent from Ibi town when the kidnapper was taken by IRT operatives sent his officers to kill them and rescue his associate.

The soldiers claimed that they acted squarely on the orders of the captain, being their superior officer, but police sources at Force Headquarters Abuja, disclosed that the police authorities have established strong links between the army captain and the notorious kidnapper, alleging that the army captain was on the kidnapper’s payroll.

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