The inability of security agencies to arrest alleged kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as ‘Wadume’, has continued to fuel insinuations that Wadume has ties with Army top brass in Taraba and other conflict areas of the North East.
Wadume, an alleged notorious kidnapper was at the centre of the tragic Army/police confrontation in Taraba. The incident led to the killing of three members of the crack Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
An anonymous source in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, disclosed that his disappearance is strange.
“It is very much like Wadume vanished into thin air all of sudden. We wouldn’t be surprised if Wadume winds up dead because the manner of his rescue from police arrest by a crack team like IRT leaves so many questions unanswered.”
While this may be purely speculative, the method of the fugitive’s escape appears to give credence to this thinking. The kidnap kingpin strangely escaped custody despite being under standard Police lock-down with his hands cuffed.
Police authorities have queried the Army who ambushed the team of police operatives. The Army has repeatedly been asked to explain the procedures deployed in effecting his release. As a matter of fact, the Police queried why the suspect wasn’t taken into custody and processed for future reference.
Wadume courted attention of security operatives, other influential persons
However, recent investigations revealed what appears to be a strong link between the suspect and local politicians in Taraba State.
For instance, Gen. Ishaya Bauka (Rtd), is believed to have been in bed with him as a political associate.
The retired General was a senatorial candidate in the state in the last general election in February.
Gen. Bauka had contested the Taraba South Senate slot under the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with others. However, he was defeated by a wizened politician, Emmanuel Bwacha, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Also, multiple sources affirm the fugitive has long been an associate of politicians, Police and Army officers stationed in Taraba.
Police sources have refrained from speaking officially on the matter since the probe commenced.
A senior officer in intelligence gathering in the police hinted that they were well aware of Wadume’s possible links with security officers in the state.
“We flew into the state on a need-to-know basis because there was credible intelligence that the suspect might be tipped off of our presence. The IRT is an elite investigative team with experience in tracking and effecting the arrest of high profile suspects.
“They take a lot of factors into account in doing their tasks. So the Taraba matter was treated with the professionalism required,” explained the police officer.