Hamisu Wadume in his confession to the police upon getting re-arrested in Kano, revealed that the army captain that ordered soldiers to attack the undercover Intelligence Response Team (IRT) operatives transporting him to Taraba State Police Headquarters for interrogation, is on his payroll alongside other officers. .
The Taraba kidnap kingpin on Wednesday August 21, said he paid huge amounts into the army captain’s bank account three weeks ago and also paid his way through checkpoints to avoid getting arrested with his gang members. The Nation reported that the re-arrested suspect and his gang gave N20,000 to security agents each time they passed a checkpoint. .
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 kidnap kingpin on Tuesday August 20, revealed how the army captain freed him from police custody. He said the soldiers drove him to the barracks before he was taken to the army captain’s house, where a welder was invited to cut off the hand and leg chains.
The police recovered 13 vehicles and identified several choice properties in Taraba and Nasarawa allegedly bought through proceeds of crime, after Wadume revealed that he has three kidnap syndicates in Taraba and Nasarawa states with a network of major firearms suppliers. He also owns 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.