- Following the controversial killing of policemen in Taraba by soldiers as they returned from arresting a kidnap kingpin, no fewer than 25 military and police personnel have been arrested
- A machinery of security operatives was reportedly maintained by the wanted kidnap kingpin, and fed him with information which helped him evade arrest for years
- The arrested individuals reportedly gave coverage to the notorious kidnap kingpin
Following the killing of three policemen in the IGP Intelligence Response Team and a civilian by soldiers in Taraba state as they returned from arresting a kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, no fewer than 25 military and police personnel have been arrested.
According to Vanguard, the arrested security operatives were said to have colluded with Wadume, who was allegedly set free by soldiers, in his multi-million naira kidnapping business.
Legit.ng gathers that a source disclosed that a machinery of security operatives, including police and military personnel from across Taraba state, was maintained by the wanted kidnap kingpin.
According to reports, this machinery fed him with information on movements and location of victims for kidnapping.
They also reportedly fed Wadume with information on possible hideouts and escape routes, as well as dossiers on those capable of paying ‘good’ ransom.
Investigators were reportedly able to discover conversations which gave out the roles of both the police and military personnel who had aided the kingpin, through tracking and interception facilities.
The source further revealed that Wadume had been able to elude several attempts by the police authorities to arrest him in the many years that he has been on their wanted list, as a result of the information he received.
The source reportedly said: “I can tell you that over 20 military and police personnel have been arrested since this investigation started.
“They gave the kingpin coverage all these years the police have been looking for him. This is the reason it has taken this long to get him.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army officer who gave the order for the killing of the police officers and civilian who were transporting Hamisu Wadume had been arrested.
The officer, a captain, was arrested by the Army on Sunday night, August 11, after he was invited by the investigative panel for questioning.
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