Wadume: Court denies Defendants bail, orders their transfer to prison

As welder tells court docket how he helped troopers to chop off Wadume’s handcuffs

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

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

ABUJA — 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 probably be recalled that although Wadume was arrested in 2019 over his alleged involvement in a number of kidnap incidents, he, nonetheless, 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 loss of life 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 working.

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

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

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

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

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“We went to navy 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 navy males, with different folks inside.

“I met him with handcuff in his palms and leg. When I went inside he was sitting on a chair, I instructed 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 navy man requested him to face for {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 minimize off the handcuff. After that, I didn’t do every other factor, I went residence.

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

After he was discharged, one other witness, Ahmad Suleiman (a.ok.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 mentioned: “I got here to testify about what I do know of this case. On August 6, 2019, I used to be attending assembly of outdated boys at Government Secondary School, Ibi, when Tanimu referred to as and instructed me that some kidnappers got here to kidnap Alhaji Hamisu Wadume.

“After that, I instructed my classmates what occurred. I noticed that everybody grew to become apprehensive and keen to go away the place.

“When I acquired again to my store round 8: 30pm, one Captain Balarabe Tijjani referred to as me and requested if I do know one Baba Runs, I mentioned sure. He instructed me that certainly one of their riffle was with him and I ought to meet him and inform him to deliver again their riffle.

“After I met him, he instructed 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 instructed him precisely what he instructed me.

“He instructed me that I ought to inform Baba Run to return again their riffle to him. But Baba Runs mentioned he was afraid and can’t return it.

“I nonetheless instructed Capt. Balarabe precisely what Baba Runs instructed me. Baba Runs then mentioned except he’ll give me the riffle to go and return to them.

“Capt. Balarabe mentioned no downside 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 navy man, they took the riffle 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 lack of lives.

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

Though the trial Judge declined to grant bail purposes that have been made by the Defendants, she ordered that they need to be transferred from detention heart 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 services, at the same time as she ordered accelerated listening to of the case.

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