Kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, has told newsmen how Soldiers of the 93 Battalion of the Nigerian Army shot and killed some operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team who effected his arrest in Ibi, Taraba State.
Wadume, who was rearrested on Tuesday, was first arrested by the IRT operatives on August 6, 2019.
However, on the way to the Jalingo headquarters of the Taraba State Police Command, soldiers of the 93 Battalion opened fire on the bus in which they were travelling, killing three operatives of the IRT.
Those killed were Inspector Mark Ediale and Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa.
An IRT informant, Olajide Owolabi, was also shot dead during the attack.
Speaking briefly at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday after his arrest in Kano State on Monday, Wadume confirmed that he was indeed in hand and leg cuffs and that it was at the military base that he was set free.
Wadume said: “I am Hamisu Bala, also known as Wadume.
“The police came to Ibi and arrested me.
“After arresting me, they were taking away when soldiers went after them and opened fire and some policemen were killed.
“From there the soldiers took me to their headquarters and cut off the handcuffs on my hands and I ran away.”
Police rearrest notorious kidnap kingpin Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wudume. pic.twitter.com/ubFdMErLTc
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) August 20, 2019