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‘How I aided troopers to free alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin Wadume’

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

A Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja has heard how troopers engaged a welder to assist safe the escape of suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume).

The police claimed a crew of policemen had gone to Taraba State to arrest Wadume however was ambushed bysoldiers allegedly led by Captain Tijani Balarabe, who later set the kidnap suspect free.

Testifying on Wednesday on the resumed listening to within the trial of Wadume and 6 others, a welder, Hafizu Bala mentioned he was engaged by the troopers to chop the handcuff with which the police had restrained Wadume.

These being tried with Wadume are  Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Belu), Bashir Waziri (aka Baba runs); Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul.

The defendants are accused, within the 13-count he amended cost, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/30/2020 of participating in acts of  terrorism, homicide, kidnapping and unlawful arms working.

Led in proof by lead prosecutor, Magaji Labaran, Bala, who was the second prosecution witness, spoke in Hausa, however had his testimony translated into English language.

Bala mentioned: “I’m a welder and resident of Ibi in Taraba state. I got here to testify about what occurred.

“On August 6, 2019, I used to be sitting in my store when a motorbike rider got here and took me to go and break padlock for him.

“The rider was a soldier man. We went to navy camp. We went there and the street was blocked. However the bike rider confirmed them my instruments and handsaw earlier than they allowed us to cross.

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“After we went inside, we went straight to Capt. Balarabe’s home. We met Alhaji Hamisu Wadume with two navy males, with different folks inside. I met him with handcuff in his fingers and leg.

“After I went inside he was sitting on a chair, I advised them that the place he was sitting won’t be comfy for me to do the work, that he ought to sit on a double chair.

“What they introduced me for was to interrupt padlock however what I noticed was a handcuff. One of many navy man requested him to face for {photograph}.

“Alhaji stood and raised his hand for the image. After which I began engaged on the handcuff. Ultimately, I used to be in a position to reduce off the handcuff.

“After that, I didn’t do every other factor, I went residence. There may be one DCO that assisted me to chop the handcuff,” Bala mentioned.

On the conclusion of Bala’s testimony, Labaran the third prosecution witness,  Ahmad Suleiman (a.okay.a Dan Ball), who gave particulars how Capt. Balarabe referred to as him to help him to retrieve a rifle from one of many defendants.

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Suleiman mentioned he’s a businessman and a resident of Ibi in Taraba State. He additionally spoke in Hausa language.

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The witness mentioned: “I got here to testify about what I do know of this case. On August 6, 2019, I used to be attending assembly of outdated boys at Authorities Secondary Faculty, Ibi, when Tanimu referred to as and advised me that some kidnappers got here to kidnap Alhaji Hamisu Wadume.

“After that, I advised my classmates what occurred. I noticed that everybody turned frightened and keen to depart the place.

“After I obtained again to my store round 8:30pm, one Captain Balarabe Tijjani referred to as me and requested if I do know one Baba Runs, I mentioned sure.

“He advised me that certainly one of their riffle was with him and I ought to meet him and inform him to convey again their rifle.

“After I met him, he advised me that he picked it, and had already returned it to the place he picked it. I then referred to as again Capt. Balarabe and advised him precisely what he advised me.

“He advised me that I ought to inform Baba Run to return again their riffle to him. However Baba Runs mentioned he was afraid and can’t return it.

“I nonetheless advised Capt. Balarabe precisely what Baba Runs advised me. Baba Runs then mentioned until he’ll give me the riffle to go and return to them.

“Capt. Balarabe mentioned no drawback that I ought to comply with Baba Runs to gather the riffle. I then went and picked up the riffle and referred to as Capt. Balarabe.

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“He got here along with one different navy man, they took the riffle and went away. Captain advised me that the riffle is their very own. After then, I went again to the place I do my enterprise”.

When requested if he is aware of Baba Runs, Suleima recognized him because the fifth Defendant within the dock.

Earlier, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Felix Adolije, who testified as the primary prosecution witness on Monday, was discharged on Wednesday after he was cross-examined by the defence attorneys – Ishaka Dikko (SAN), M. I Toga, Y. Dandana, Amanze Amanze, Abass Ajiya, Kuzaet Magaji and F. O Fagbemi.

Adolijie led the police crew that had gone to arrest Wadume however have been attacked within the incident that led to lack of lives.

Additionally on Wednesday, Justice Binta Nyako gave a ruling, rejecting the bail utility filed by the defendants.
Justice Nyako ordered that the defendants be be transferred from custody of Police Particular Anti-Theft Squad, SARS, to the Kuje jail in Abuja.

The decide, who granted accelerated listening to within the case,  ordered the Director-Basic of Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) to accord the defendants entry to medical services.
She adjourned until July 7 for continuation of trial.

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