- Suspected kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, said he willingly surrendered to the police when they came to arrest him
- Wadume added that he knew nothing about how the soldiers who freed him got to know about his arrest
- The suspected kidnapper added that the soldiers wanted to kill him after he ran away from them due to the gruesome manner in which they killed the police officers
Suspected kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, has shed light on some of the issues surrounding his arrest by some operatives of the Nigerian police.
Recall that the police re-arrested Wadume in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano state in the late hours of Monday, August 19.
When Wadume was first arrested, he was being driven to Jalingo by the police team when soldiers opened fire on them along Ibi-Wukari road, killing three police officers and a civilian.
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However, in an interview published by Vanguard, the suspected kidnapper said he willingly surrendered to the police when they came to arrest him.
He said: "I volunteered to follow the policemen when they came to arrest me at Ibi Town while I was drinking tea with some of my friends. They showed me their identity cards indicating that they were from the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and I volunteered to follow them, because I knew I could settle any problem I’m confronted with."
He claimed he did not know how the soldiers got to know about his arrest by the police just as he narrated how the police officers were brutally murdered.
"While I was being taken out of Ibi, Town, the policemen passed the first check point which was being maned by some soldiers after they had identified themselves. They also passed the second check point which was maned by some mobile policemen.
"But when they got to the third one where we were attacked, four of the policemen alighted from their bus and they identified themselves to the policemen and exchanged banters. I was shocked when the soldiers came after us and rained bullets on our bus, killing those policemen.
"I was almost killed in the encounter. I was then taken to the army captain’s house. When I saw the corpses of the policemen and their agents in front of the captain’s house I became very disturbed and I pretended as if I wanted to urinate and I escaped from the scene," he said.
Wadume added that after his escape, he hid in one his friends' house, claiming that some soldiers later traced him to the place to kill him.
He said: "I called one Audu who is one of my boys who took me on his bike to Ungwachiki Town in Ibi local government and I passed the night in the house of Meito, my friend. But while I was there some soldiers came to Meito’s house and started looking for me and they were armed with guns and machetes and axes, I believed they wanted to kill me.
"I don’t know how they got information that I was in that house but I managed to escape through the window and fled to the river bank around 8pm where I boarded a speed boat to Tunga village in Nassarawa state. I spent a night in Nassarawa state before I boarded another commercial bus to Kano state. People couldn’t recognize me because of the Sallah holiday. I had N500,000 with me as I was running from the police and I took the money to my uncle’s house where I went to hide in Kano."
Wadume also confessed that, while in his hideout in Kano, he told one of his brothers to hide his cache of weapons.
"While I was hiding, I instructed one of my bothers in Ibi to go to my house and take away all my rifles. My cousin also brought an idea that I needed some favorable stories to be written about me, so he engaged a PR company who were to link up with journalists to write the stories. I paid N3million for that," he said.
Earlier, Wadume confessed to having soldiers on his payroll. He said he also sent huge amount to an army captain, Tijani Balarabe, a few weeks ago.
Wadume said he was able to avoid arrest by paying soldiers N20,000 at each security checkpoints.
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