- Six months after his arrest, the Nigerian police have charged a suspected kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu also known as Wadume, with a 16 counts charge bordering on terrorism among other offences
- Also charged alongside Wadume is Captain Tijjani Balarabe, who allegedly enabled the suspect escape when the policemen arrested him
- In one of the charges, the police accused Wadume and his gang of kidnapping one Usman Garba and killing the victim after receiving a N106.3m ransom
The Nigerian police have charged a suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu also known as Wadume, with a 16 counts charge bordering on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms running.
Also charged alongside Wadume was Captain Tijjani Balarabe who allegedly enabled Wadume escape when the policemen arrested him.
Channels TV reports that in one of the charges, the police accused the suspect and his gang of kidnapping one Usman Garba. The police stated that the suspects demanded a N200m ransom and killed the victim despite receiving N106.3m ransom,
The prosecution also alleged that there was a link between Wadume and Captain Tijjani Balarabe. The police stated that the army captain and the kidnap suspect exchanged 166 phone calls.
In other news, amid tension over calling for the removal of the service chiefs by the members of the National Assembly over the level of insecurity in the country, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and other security chiefs are meeting with the members of the House of Reps.
The Nation reports that the service chiefs and the minister of defence are in a closed-door meeting at the moment.
Legit.ng gathered that those present at the meeting included the House committees on national intelligence, Navy, Army, Air force and Defence.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has disclosed that it would deploy forces to troubled areas in north western states of the country to combat banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges in the region.
Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson for the air force said the chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubarkar, made the disclosure when he received the executive governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, in his office in Abuja.
Abubarkar told the Katsina state governor that the force would continue to work with other sister security agencies to ensure the territorial integrity of the nation.
He said the force will deal ruthlessly with all criminal elements that seek to undermine the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. Air Marshal Abubakar appreciated the laudable peace initiatives of the Katsina state government to deal with the issue of banditry in the country.
In another report, President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a committee to periodically review the security situation in the country.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, revealed this after he met with the president alongside Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan Gbajabiamila told State House correspondents that the committee members are expected to be drawn from the executive, legislature and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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