The operatives of the Nigeria Police IRT have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wade. He was re-arrested in the late hours of yesterday, August 19, in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State.
It would be recalled that the Police had been on the massive manhunt for Wadume, since August 6 following the unfortunate incident in Ibi, Taraba State which resulted in the brutal murder of three Police officers and two civilians. Five others were injured.
The suspect, who was appropriately restrained at the time of the incident, was subsequently released by Some Soldiers who shot the police officers. In a statement signed by the Force public relations officer ( FPRO) DCP Frank Mba, he stated that the Inspector- General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, while commending the Police operatives for their perseverance and painstaking efforts, has expressed his profound gratitude to all Nigerians for their unparalleled show of love and empathy to the Force and the families of the officers and patriotic civilians who paid the supreme price in the service of their fatherland.
It is his belief that the re-arrest of the suspect, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, will no doubt, help in bringing answers to the numerous but hitherto unanswered questions touching on the incident and the larger criminal enterprise of the suspect.
Police officers from the IGP Intelligence Response Team ( IRT), had gone to arrest Wadume following reports of his exploit in kidnapping business. The operatives were successful as they picked Wadume, but on their way back, some Soldiers believed to be on the payroll of Wadume shot at the policemen killing three while five others were injured.
The Soldiers took the kidnapper to their base where they contacted a wielder who broke the handcuffs and leg chains on Wadume and set him free. There have been many stories about what really transpired, but with the rearrest of Wadume, many questions will be clearly answered.
Philomena Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.