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Wanted Taraba Kidnapper Wadume allegedly exchanged 200 calls with a Senior Police officer before 3 policemen that arrested him were killed

The criminal collaboration between wanted Taraba kidnapper Hamisu Bala a.k.a Wadume and some senior police officers at the Ibi Police Division, has been uncovered in the course of investigation into the death of 3 police reportedly killed by soldiers after his arrest. 

 

LIB reported earlier that 3 officers – Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi, Dahiru Musa – and an IRT informant, Olajide Owolabi died as a result of gunshot injuries that came off an attack by soldiers believed to be allegedly loyal to Wadume who has been linked to several kidnappings. 

 

According to Punch, A Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) arrested after his link to the kidnapper was established, reportedly had over 200 phone calls with Wadume. The DCO was nabbed after Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Michael Ogbizi visited the scene of the incident and also interacted with some personnel at Ibi Divisional Police station. 

 

It was found that an incident book where entries were made was torn off by the DCO, to give an impression of the dead IRT team members not following laid down procedures.

 

“On discovering that the documentation of the IRT team was not reflected in the incident book, the DIG promptly ordered the arrest of the DCO and the Station Officer who were taken to the Force Criminal Investigation Department cell in Abuja.

“A forensic analysis of the call logs of the DCO showed that he had made over 200 calls to Wadume over a few days. The startling revelations made the police leadership to wake up to the fact that the soldiers alone were not culpable or responsible for the killing of the IRT team.

“There seems to be a deeply entrenched criminal network and deep operational collaboration between the kidnap gangs in the area, the police at Ibi Division and some soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Takum, which would require a very comprehensive and painstaking investigation to unearth and dismantle” a police source said to punch. 

 

The new findings in the investigation uncovered the network of security operatives on the payroll of the fleeing Taraba kidnapper and they include senior police officers and the army captain who allegedly issued the order for the attack on the IRT personnel which led to the rescue and escape of Wadume. Punch reported that police investigators are now working to establish the financial connections between Wadume, the soldiers and the policemen involved in the killings. 

 

It was however alleged that the Nigerian Police Force refused to release more information after its senior officers got linked to the sad incident that led to the death of 3 IRT operatives. 

Murder of Three Policemen by Soldiers: Where is Hamisu Wadume, the millionaire kidnapper we arrested

The Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army are currently at loggerheads after the police accused soldiers of killing three of their personnel while freeing a kidnap suspect in Taraba state. (Read HERE)

The Nigerian army in its response admitted that its men killed three police operatives and a civilian in Taraba, but said the men were mistaken for kidnappers. (Read HERE)

Now, the Nigerian Police Force have issued another statement saying, ‘its insensitive, disrespectful and unpatriotic for the Army to continue to describe Policemen on lawful National Assignment as ‘suspected kidnappers’ long after it had become crystal clear to the Army that these are Law Enforcement Officers who unfortunately were gruesomely murdered in the line of duty by Nigerian soldiers attached to 93 Battalion, Takum’.

See the full statement below…

The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to the Press Release by the Nigerian Army dated 07 August, 2019, seeking to justify the unprovoked and unwarranted murder of three (3) Police officers and one (1) Civilian, and serious injury to other operatives, who were on legitimate criminal investigation activities to Taraba State, to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in the State.

In the best tradition of Esprit de Corps, Inter-Agency Harmony and National Interest, the Nigeria Police Force would naturally have kept quiet, but it has become imperative to set the record straight by addressing the obvious distortion of facts inherent in the Press Release by the Nigerian Army.

The most important question arising from the Nigerian Army Press Release is: Where is Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume? Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume is a millionaire kidnapper arrested by the Police but paradoxically treated as a ‘‘kidnap victim’’ by the Soldiers and subsequently ‘rescued’ by them. Where is he? Where is the rescued kidnapper?

Secondly, the Press Release was silent on the source of the alleged distress report or identity of the complainant, on the strength of whose report, the Army claimed had informed their decision to engage in the purported chase and rescue operation.

Needless to state that in the true spirit of transparency and accountability, the Nigerian Army ought to have arrested the purported distress caller – if any – for obviously and deliberately furnishing them with false and misleading information. Besides, such arrest should in fact be made public!

Thirdly, it is not true that the Policemen failed to identify themselves as alleged in the Press Release. The video on the incident, now viral, wherein the voice of one of the soldiers was heard loudly proclaiming that the Policemen were from the Force Headquarters, Abuja speaks volume.

Besides, the presence of the IRT personnel was well known to the Taraba Police Command as the Operatives officially and properly documented not only at the State Command Headquarters but also at the Wukari Area Command and the Ibi Divisional Headquarters. As a matter of fact, some of the Detectives from the Taraba State Command’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) were part of the operation.

The Force also considers it insensitive, disrespectful and unpatriotic for the Press Release by the Army to continue to describe Policemen on lawful National Assignment as ‘suspected kidnappers’ long after it had become crystal clear to the Army that these are Law Enforcement Officers who unfortunately were gruesomely murdered in the line of duty by Nigerian soldiers attached to 93 Battalion, Takum.

In the final analysis, we leave the Nigerian Army authorities to provide Nigerians with answers on the following questions emanating from their Press Release: 

· Where is the notorious kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume ‘rescued’ by the soldiers?

· How and why was Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume released by the soldiers?

· How could a kidnap suspect properly restrained with handcuffs by the Police escape from the hands of his military rescuers? 

· If Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume is a ‘‘victim of kidnap’’ as claimed, and properly rescued by soldiers, why was he not taken to the Army Base for documentation purposes and debriefing in line with the Standard Operating Procedure in the Nigerian Army?

· Why were the Police Operatives shot at close range even after they had identified themselves as Police Officers on legitimate duty as evident in the video now in circulation?

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

Police kill Abacha, a notorious armed robber and kidnapper in Rivers ( graphic photos)

Abacha, a notorious armed robber and kidnapper, that has terrorised residents of Rivers state for many years, was killed by men of the Rivers State Police command during a shootout in Rumuakunde in Emohua local government area of the state on Wednesday August 7th.

 

Parading the corpse of the deceased to newsmen, the state police command Public Relations officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said Abacha was the leader of an armed robbery gang and has been on the wanted list of the police for a long time.

 

 

According to Omoni, arms and ammunition as well as some police uniforms were recovered from gang’s hideout.

 

‘’The security team in collaboration with local vigilantes, raided a criminal camp at Rumuakunde, Emohua Local Government Area, where a gang terrorising the East-West Road was hibernating. They stormed the camp and on sighting the police, the hoodlums engaged the police officers in a gun battle. In the course of the gunfire, we were able to shoot one dead who was later identified to be Abacha. One of the leaders of the gang identified as Ekwueme ran. One searching the camp, we recovered fire arms allegedly snatched from police officers, three pump actions, two magazines, In that same camp, we recovered police uniforms and berets bearing the tags of the police officers. They wear the police uniforms to carry out their operations. They also have Army apparels.

The state Commissioner of police has called for an investigation into how they got the uniforms, whether the officers were killed or there was a compromise”. he said

 

Omoni added that efforts are on to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

 

Female kidnapper apprehended in Ibadan

A female suspected kidnapper, identified as Tawa was caught while allegedly trying to abduct three children in Ibadan, Oyo state.

Tawa was apprehended and beaten after she was caught in the act.

According to a report, Tawa met the children on the street at Mokola, when she attempted to kidnap them.

According to an eyewitness, the woman touched the children with a charm and they lost control. She was about taking them out of the vicinity, not knowing a petty trader by the roadside saw her and what transpired.

The trader approached her and asked her what she was doing with the children, but she couldn’t give an answer.

An alarm was immediately raised as neighbours and residents including the children’s parents trooped out and descended on the suspected kidnapper.

Credit; Mr. Abiodun Adewole of Splash FM

Man beaten to death by villagers after mistaking him for a kidnapper

A man identified as Paschal Chinazor Onyilo has been beaten to death by villagers in Umuoji area of Anambra state after he was mistaken him for a kidnapper.

The deceased, who was a sound/music operator was alleged to be a kidnapper and was beaten to pulp before he finally gave up the ghost.

Man beaten to death by villagers after mistaking him for a kidnapper

It was gathered that last week, Paschal Onyilo, a native of Abatete in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State, was driving to Obosi area to set up his sound equipment for an event.

However on getting to Umuoji, some school children threw stones at his vehicle and caused some damage.

He then alighted from the vehicle to accost the kids over the damage. All of them ran away except one boy who was caught by Paschal.

It was learnt that Paschal held the boy and requested that he should take him to his parents as he drove him in his car. Meanwhile the other children who had escaped – raised an alarm that a certain man had ‘kidnapped’ one of them.

The villagers quickly mobilized themselves, came back and confronted Paschal. They didn’t give him a chance to explain himself and pounced on him immediately beating mercilessly. His car was also set on fire before he was rescued by the police.

The villagers who saw some political stickers in his car – accused him of being a kidnapper who works for politicians in the state and was looking for children to use for rituals.

By the time help came, Paschal was already unconscious and he was taken to Iyi-Enu Hospital, Ogidi. He did survive an emergency surgery and was able to narrate what happened to the police and others that visited him in hospital.

Unfortunately, Paschal gave up the ghost days later from the injuries sustained from the mob action.

Our men didn’t kill unarmed man in Benin, he was a kidnapper

The Nigeria Police Force has denied being involved in the killing of an unarmed man in Benin, Edo State by some unidentified security operatives.

It had earlier been reported that the unarmed man was gunned down by police officers who had gone to round them off at their residence.

Our men didn’t kill unarmed man in Benin, he was a kidnapper – Police

The Police however stated that the man belonged to a violent kidnap for ransom syndicate who were tracked down to that location.

In an update made via the Police social media page, they wrote:

It has been established that the armed men in the viral video are not officers of the but operatives of a sister security agency. All the men rounded up in the video are members of a violent kidnap for ransom syndicate who were tracked…

But in another development, a private investigation led by Town Criers NG, has revealed that there is no evidence by the Police to prove that the deceased was a kidnapper.

In a series of posts made on Twitter they claimed the man was a theater practitioner based in Benin, Edo State.

Investigation currently reveals that the slain young man, Mr. Ali, was a known theater practitioner in Benin

 

Police seize 13 houses, 13 vehicles of notorious kidnapper E-Money

Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, recovered 13 buildings, 10 cars, two tippers, a trailer truck and three AK-47 rifles from notorious kidnapper E-Money, whose real names are Collins Ezenwa.

Police seize 13 houses, 13 vehicles of notorious kidnapper E-Money

Kidnapper E-Money, a dismissed policeman that had been terrorizing Imo, Abia, Enugu and Rivers states, was killed during a gunfight with the Police from Imo State Police Command, last year, in Owerri, where he had gone to kidnap a businessman.

He is said to have acquired several property with proceeds from his exploits in kidnapping and robbery in the South-East and South-South states.

Four of his buildings, including a hotel, was recovered in Enugu State. Seven were traced to Owerri and Okigwe areas of Imo State, while one was traced to Aba, Abia State.

Seven cars, two SUVs, one Hilux truck, a commercial bus, two tipper-lorries and a trailer truck were equally recovered at several locations within the South-East.

All the seized property are currently in the custody of the Police and a motion to have them forfeited have been filed in court.

Suspected kidnapper caught with three children in Taraba state

A suspected kidnapper identified as Ezra was arrsted on Saturday night with three children he allegedly abducted in Taraba state.

According to Kola Ajiboye, who shared photos on Facebook, the kidnapped children are from a place called Mumuye in Taraba.

The suspect has been handed over to Bukuru Divisional Police .

Ajiboye calls on anybody who knows the children to contact the above named police station. He wrote;

Attention please, this guy by name Ezra was apprehended this night at vom junction with three children he kidnapped from taraba state in mumuye,we took him to bukuru divisional police station. Anybody with useful information about the children will be of great help pls.

Kidnapper begs widow for forgiveness after killing her husband

The leader of a robbery gang has begged a widow for forgiveness for killing her husband during a robbery attack in their house in Rivers state.

Kidnapper begs widow for forgiveness after killing her husband

The widow and mother of three children identified as Mrs. Funke Adetutu, met with the hoodlums after they were arrested by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT.

The leader of the robbery/kidnapping gang knelt down and begged for forgiveness from the widow who replied that mercy belongs to God and they should ask Him for forgiveness and mercy.

She added that her husband takes care of a lot of people apart from the children and they now have to struggle following his demise.

She also thanked the police team for arresting the killers of her husband.

See the Video:

 

Kidnapper receiving treatment for gunshot injuries on private part arrested in Imo

A kidnapper who was receiving treatment for gunshot injuries on private part, has been arrested alongside his colleague by the Imo State Police Command.

The kidnappers Chukwudi Nnabugwu, 29, and Chimezie Victor, 38 who have been on the Imo State Police command’s wanted list for a long time, were arrested by the F-SARS operatives led by the Commander, Geoffrey Victor, between November 25 and 26, 2018.

The suspects who allegedly killed a policeman at Avo and made away with his AK-47 riffle, were arrested following a tip-off. The state Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi who disclosed that one arrested kidnapper was receiving treatment for gunshot injuries on private part, told newsmen;

“They were arrested at Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State by F-SARS operatives led by Victor Godfrey through a tip-off.

“The notorious kidnappers are Chukwudi Nnabugwu, aka Water, 29, and Chimezie Victor, 38, from Ukweze Egbema, Rivers State. Victor, as of the time of his arrest, was secretly receiving treatment for gunshot injuries on his private parts.

“On interrogation, his wife corroborated that her husband was a kidnapper, having kidnapped one woman, whose husband was living abroad.

“In the same vein, she confessed that in 2016, her husband was shot by Umuguma police operatives on his left hand and his Nissan Pathfinder impounded at the station, while he escaped with bullet injuries.

“It is important to note that the suspects were the ones who killed a policeman at Avo area and went away with his AK-47 rifle.”

Female kidnapper ties baby up in a bag of cement

A female kidnapper who tied up a baby in a bag of cement for over a week, has been apprehended in Ozuoba community, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State.

The female kidnapper who was caught this afternoon, took residents of the area to where she tied up the baby in a bag of cement after confessing to the crime. The baby was found alive but looking emaciated. While the kidnap victim was rushed to the hospital, the residents of the lady who lynched the lady, dragged her to the police station while she wept.

The suspect who is said to be a wealthy lady in the area, reportedly confessed to selling her victims to ritualists. It was further gathered that all her children are based abroad. Here are photos shared below;

Recall that few months ago, we reported that a female kidnapper who abducted the son of APC Chairman in Borno State, Bukar Dalori, disclosed that she has no regrets over the act that got her arrested.

The female kidnapper, Fatima Muhammed, who kidnapped the 4-year-old boy on September 21, 2018, in Maiduguri, was pregnant at that time. She reportedly gave birth to a baby boy in Guess Inn, while keeping the victim she had abducted from a school and demanded a N20m ransom for.

Suspected kidnapper killed, one arrested for kidnapping policeman

A suspected kidnapper got killed and another arrested, after they engaged operatives of the Lagos State Police in a gun battle after they got busted for kidnapping a policeman.

The kidnap suspects who belong to a kidnapping syndicate terrorising some parts of the state, particularly Ikorodu area, had a gun battle with officers of the Lagos State Police Command at Agbowa area of Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos State.

The Lagos Police spokesman, CSP Chike Oti who confirmed the death of the suspected kidnapper and the arrest of his colleague, disclosed that  two other suspects escaped with bullet wounds. According to the Police PRO, the command who received two separate reports on November 13 and 16 from one Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi and one Veronica Ewuru about the kidnapping of their daughter and husband respectively, acted on the directive of the Command’s Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, on Friday, at about 11am.

“While Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi reported that his seven-year-old daughter was kidnapped from his house in his presence.

“Veronica Ewuru stated that her husband, one DSP Patrick Ewuru, a police officer attached to Force Headquarters annex, Obalende, was kidnapped from their house in the night when the victim came out to check on their power generating set that suddenly stopped working.

“The kidnappers demanded for ransom of N25 million from Mr Suleiman and N10 million from the family of DSP Patrick Ewuru but later settled for N500, 000 from both families.

“At this point, the CP directed operatives handling the matter to play along with the kidnappers in the interest of the victims, who were still in captivity,” he said.

Chike Oti further disclosed that while the release of the two victims was secured, the kidnappers hideout at Agbowa was busted, where one Festus Abama was killed and Austin Ebimiyenwei surrendered.

Punch reported that the suspect confessed to the crime and concerted effort was being made to arrest those on the run.  The suspect already in police custody would be charged to court.