Arrested Billionaire kidnapper Hamisu Wadume, has revealed more information in his confession upon his rearrest in Kano, including that the army captain who ordered soldiers to rescue him from policemen was on his payroll.
3 members of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) operatives transporting him to Taraba State Police Headquarters for interrogation, were killed in the process.
Wadume revealed that he’d paid huge amounts into the captain’s bank account some weeks ago and he usually paid a N20k bribe at checkpoints to escaped scrutiny of himself and his gang.
The army captain identified as Balarabe, ordered soldiers to “rescue” Wadume after his ‘boys’ “Babaruns” and ”Zubairu” called him on August 6 to tell him about his arrest.
The kidnapper who had already revealed how he was taken to barracks and a welder was brought in to cut of his restraints before he was let go.
He also owned over 400 cows which his rearers fled with upon learning that their boss had been arrested.
“He has made so many revelations. A lot of things have been said that I don’t want to talk about to avoid jeopardising ongoing investigations. It is a huge network and so many people are involved.
“I can tell you that he confessed to have paid huge money into the Captain’s bank account three weeks ago and that he usually gave each checkpoint N20,000 each time he passed,” said a source privy to the investigation.
It was further learnt that Wadume’s video confession of being taken to army barracks where his handcuff was removed through the effort of a welder, has gotten the Joint Investigative Panel set up by the Defence Headquarters worried.
The video confession had reportedly portrayed the army chiefs in a bad light.
“We are seriously disturbed and alarmed by the latest video on the purported confession of the re-arrested kingpin, Wadume, while in the custody of the police.
“Though it is a commendable effort for the re-arrest of the kidnap kingpin, the video recording of the alleged confession of Wadume while the panel is still conducting its investigation is quite worrisome as efforts are being put in place to ensure smooth relations between the military and the police before the offending confession.
“Though our panel was inaugurated on August 9 with an initial one-week deadline, we have been mandated to continue and conclude the probe as soon as possible.
“The arrest of Wadume would definitely shed more light on our investigation, considering the volume of arrests and interrogations so far” a source said.
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