Alleged kidnap kingpin Hamisu Balla, a.k.a. Wadume, has granted a media interview that will rob Nigeria’s political establishment and the military of sleep.
Wadume was the alleged criminal who was freed by soldiers after they allegedly ambushed and killed three police officers.
The JSS3 dropout who later ventured into fish farming was rearrested after the police openly accused the Nigerian Army of murder. The military, which had said its soldiers killed the police officers after mistaking them for kidnappers, later recanted following a bitter social media war with the police.
Now back in police net, Wadume is singing like a canary and has confirmed the police’s side of the tragic story. He also made claims that validate apprehensions that Nigerian politicians are behind many criminal gangs in the country.
Here are 3 important things Wadume said in an interview Vanguard published on Saturday.
- The 33-year-old said he was not a kidnapper but only sold guns to abductors. Wadume said he was only a political thug used by politicians across Nigeria’s political parties. He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) gave him N13 million to work with them during the 2019 general elections. He also said a sitting Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor gave him N6 million for a similar purpose.
- The alleged kidnapper said he contested the Taraba State House of Assembly under Young Democratic Party (YDP) in his native Ibi local government area but later pulled out of the race and took his supporters to the PDP.
- Wadume confirmed that the soldiers who killed the three police officers on August 6 knew what they were doing as the officers identified themselves before they were “gruesomely murdered”, as the police put it.