How I helped soldiers to cut off Wadume’s handcuffs, welder tells court

How I helped soldiers to cut off Wadume's handcuffs, welder tells court
Commander of IGP Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Yyari with arrested kidnap kingpin, Hamish Wadume

As court docket denies Defendants bail, orders their switch to jail

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

A welder, Hafizu Bala, on Wednesday, narrated earlier than the Federal High Court in Abuja, how troopers, engaged him to interrupt off handcuffs to free alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume).

Wadume is answering to a 13-count amended felony cost the Federal Government most well-liked in opposition to him and 6 of his alleged accomplices that included a police Inspector, Aliyu Dadje.

It will likely be recalled that although Wadume was arrested in 2019 over his alleged involvement in a number of kidnap incidents, he, nevertheless, escaped from custody on August 6, 2019, when gunmen attacked the staff of policemen that arrested him.

Police alleged that he was assisted by Soldiers hooked up to Battalion 93, Takum, led by one Capt. Tijjani Balarabe.

The incident resulted within the demise of three policemen and two civilians, with 5 different law enforcement officials badly injured.

Though Police initially charged 19 individuals to court docket, together with 10 troopers that have been accused of complicity within the crime, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, subsequently took over the prosecution and delisted the troopers from the amended cost.

Police had complained to the court docket that the Nigerian Army refused to launch the affected troopers for prosecution.

Meanwhile, apart Wadume and Inspector Dadje, different defendants within the amended cost marked FHC/ABJ/CR/30/2020, are Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Belu), Bashir Waziri (aka Baba runs); Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul.

The cost in opposition to them borders on terrorism, homicide, kidnapping and unlawful arms operating.

At the resumed continuing on Wednesday, the PW-2, Bala, who advised the court docket that he’s a resident of Ibi in Taraba state, gave his proof in Hausa language along with his testimony translated in English.

Led on proof by the prosecution counsel, Mr Magaji Labaran, the witness advised the court docket that he was on August 6, 2019, engaged to chop off Wadume’s handcuffs after he escaped from police custody.

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

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

“We went to a army camp. We went there and the highway was blocked. But the bike rider confirmed them my instruments and handsaw earlier than they allowed us to move.

“After we went inside, we went straight to Capt. Balarabe’s home. We met Alhaji Hamisu Wadume with two army males, with different individuals inside.

“I met him with handcuff in his palms and leg. When 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 the army males requested him to face for {a photograph}. Alhaji stood and raised his hand for the image. After which I began engaged on the handcuff.

“Eventually, I used to be capable of lower off the handcuff. After that, I didn’t do another factor, I went house.

“There is one DCO that assisted me to cut the handcuff,” the welder added.

After he was discharged, one other witness, Ahmad Suleiman (a.okay.a Dan Ball), narrated how Capt. Balarabe referred to as him to help him to retrieve a rifle from one of many Defendants.

Suleiman who recognized himself as a businessman and resident of Ibi in Taraba State equally testified in Hausa language.

He stated: “I got here to testify about what I do know of this case. On August 6, 2019, I used to be attending a gathering of previous boys at Government Secondary School, 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.

“When I obtained again to my store round 8: 30 pm, one Captain Balarabe Tijjani referred to as me and requested if I do know one Baba Runs, I stated sure. He advised me that one in every of their riffles was with him and I ought to meet him and inform him to carry again their riffle.

“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. But Baba Runs stated he was afraid and can’t return it.

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

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

“He got here along with one different army man, they took the rifle and went away.

“Captain told me that the riffle is their own. After then, I went back to where I do my business”.

The witness recognized Baba Runs because the fifth Defendant within the dock.

The court docket had earlier discharged the primary witness who’s an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Felix Adolije, after he was cross-examined by the defence legal professionals – Ishaka Dikko (SAN), M. I Toga, Y. Dandana, Amanze Amanze, Abass Ajiya, Kuzaet Magaji and F. O Fagbemi.

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

Meantime, trial Justice Binta Nyako adjourned additional listening to on the case until subsequent week Tuesday.

Though the trial decide declined to grant bail purposes that have been made by the Defendants, she ordered that they need to be transferred from the detention centre of Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to a Correctional Center.

Justice Nyako additional directed the Director-General of Nigerian Correctional Service to grant the Defendants entry to medical amenities, whilst she ordered accelerated listening to of the case.


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