- Suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, has been arraigned before an Abuja court
- Bala, popularly known as Wadume, along with other six suspects are facing amended 13 counts charge on kidnapping and other crimes
- The suspects were arrested in Taraba state following an ambush on a team of policemen on his trail
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The suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume was arraigned on Monday, June 8, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The Nation reports that he was arraigned with six others on an amended charge of 13 counts bordering on terrorism, kidnapping and related offences.
Legit.ng gathered that the others include: Aliyu Dadje (a police inspector), Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu) Bashir Waziri (aka Baba Runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul.
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Wadume and others were arrested in Taraba state following an ambush on a team of policemen who had gone to arrest him.
The report had it that three policemen died in the incident, adding that the case was initiated through a 16-count charge filed on January 21, this year, by Simon Lough (an assistant commissioner of police) in the name of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), with 20 defendants.
On June 3, this year, a lawyer from the federal ministry of justice, Shuaibu Labaran, told the court that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) had taken over the prosecution of the case pursuant to his power under Section 174(2) of the constitution.
Labaran said the case file was handed to his office the previous day, adding that only six of the 20 defendants were present in court.
He sought time to enable the prosecution to put its house in order, liaise with the arresting and investigating agencies to ensure that all the defendants are brought to court.
But only seven of the 20 defendants were in court on Monday.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, March 16, ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen.Tukur Buratai, to produce the army officers who allegedly aided the escape of Wadume in court.
It was reported that Justice Binta Nyako ordered Buratai or any other person whose custody the suspects were to provide them in court by March 30.
She said that the court shall enrol the order to the prosecution so that they could serve it to the parties involved.
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