WADUME: WHY I WITHDREW CHARGES AGAINST THE SOLDIERS- MALAMI

Nigeria’s attorney-general, Abubakar Malami, has defended his decision to withdraw charges against soldiers indicted for the killing of police officers who arrested an alleged kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, popularly called Wadume. Mr Wadume was first arrested in Ibi, Taraba State, on August 6, 2019, by policemen from the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of the Police office. He was arrested for a kidnap case in which he was said to have demanded N106 million as ransom. But between Ibi and Wukari communities, the police team of 10 persons…

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WADUME’S TRIAL BEGINS DESPITE AGF/ ARMY NOT RELEASING KILLER SOLDIERS

‌ Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Trial in the kidnap case involving Bala Hamisu, aka Wadume, began at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, with an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Felix Adolije, narrating how he and his team members came under a heavy fire from soldiers after arresting the suspect in Ibbi, Taraba State, on August 6, 2019. The 10 soldiers attached to the 93 Battalion in Takum, Taraba State, allegedly helped Wadume to escape from the policemen. The troops, led by Captain Tijjani Balarabe, allegedly killed three policemen and…

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WAJUME: I SHOT A POLICE IRT VEHICLE AND IT SOMERSAULTED, SOLDIER CONFESSES

A soldier attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, Sgt. Ibrahim Muhammed, has narrated how he crashed a bus in which members of the Intelligence Response Team were travelling after apprehending a suspected kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (Wadume), on August 6, 2019. The 46-year-old member of the infantry regiment stated that he fired a shot at the tyres of the police Toyota Hummer bus causing it to somersault. Muhammed said he fired the fatal shots after receiving orders from his commander, Capt. Tijjani Balarabe, directing him to stop the policemen…

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CONTROVERSY OVER WHEREABOUTS OF CAPTAIN WHO LED ARMY TEAM THAT KILLED POLICE SPECIAL FORCES THAT ARRESTED WADUME

Where’s Captain Tijani Balarabe? There are unconfirmed reports that the Army Captain, Tijani Balarabe, who led the army team that killed policemen transporting kidnapping kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, last August might have been sent on a course rather than facing trial for his actions. Samuel Ajayi writes. It was a chilling story that sent jitters down the spine of many Nigerians, when it broke out sometime in August last year. It was when a kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, a.k.a Wadume, told a shocked nation that some officers of the Nigerian Army…

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WADUME: ARMY SHIELDS 10 SOLDIERS FROM TERRORISM, KIDNAPPING AND MURDER TRIAL

Alhaji Hamisu Bala, aka  Wadume: charged with murder, terrorism and kidnapping Nigeria’s military authorities are shielding 10 soldiers connected with Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, aka Wadume and have refused to release them for trial. This came to light on Monday when the Police arraigned Wadume and 19 others before the Federal High Court in Abuja. The Inspector General (IG) of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, slammed Wadume and his accomplices, with  a 16 count charge bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms possession. Justice Binta Nyako ordered the Chief…

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POLICE ARRAIGNS WADUME, ARMY CAPTAIN, 18 OTHERS FOR KIDNAPPING, TERRORISM, MURDER

Nigeria police on Monday arraigned kidnap suspect, Bala Hamisu, also known as Wadume, an army captain Tijjani Balarabe and 18 others for terrorism, murder, kidnapping, and possession of illegal arms. Wadume was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyanko at the Federal High Court in Abuja on a 16-count charge filed against by the police on Monday, March 16, 2020. He arrived at the court alongside his co-defendants with security by the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team. On the list of defendants is Staff Sgt. David Isaiah, Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed, Corporal Bartholomew…

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POLICE FINALLY CHARGE WADUME, ARMY CAPTAIN TO COURT FOR TERRORISM

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has slammed 16 counts bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms running against the Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume), Captain Tijjani Balarabe 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; L/Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra; Staff Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu; Private Ebele Emmanuel; ASP Aondona Iorbee and Insp. Aliyu Dadje and Auwalu Bala, aka Omo Razor. Others in the charge…

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CONTROVERSY OVER DELAY IN THE RELEASE OF DHQ PANEL’S REPORT ON TARABA KILLINGS

Without any formal extension of its time frame, the panel set up by the Defence Headquarters and headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya to investigate the killing of three police officers that were on a special operation to arrest a notorious kidnapper, Alhaji Bala Hamisu in Taraba State by soldiers, has missed its deadline about two times. Naturally, this has begun to generate concern about alleged deliberate attempts to manipulate things given the tension the development generated and the attendant impression it created about the extent of corruption that might…

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POLICE KILLINGS FALANA CALLS FOR DISBANDMENT OF DHQ PANEL, SEE WHY

•Says it usurped Taraba Governor’s powers Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja Foremost human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Femi Falana, yesterday called for the disbandment of the panel set up by the Defence Headquarters to investigate the killing of policemen and a civilian by soldiers of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Takum, Taraba State. The soldiers had also freed a kidnap kingpin arrested by the policemen. Falana said the panel usurped the powers exclusively conferred on the Governor of Taraba State by virtue of…

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WADUME: DHQ PANEL PROBES SOLDIERS’ BANK ACCOUNTS

The Defence Headquarters’ Joint Investigative Panel probing the killing of three policemen in Ibi, Taraba State, has yet to submit its report because it is still analysing the bank transactions of the soldiers arrested, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. The panel constituted on President Muhammadu Buhari’s instructions on August 9, met on Friday and continued the collation of evidence obtained from the bank statements of the soldiers under investigation for their alleged roles in releasing a kidnap suspect, Hamisu Wadume, when he was being driven to Jalingo from Ibi after his…

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