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Wadume update: Kidnap kingpin testifies before army panel as more suspects arrested

Kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala Wadume has reportedly indicted some soldiers as he appears for an investigative panel set up by the army

– The panel is probing the allegation that some soldiers aided Wadume’s escape when he was first arrested and killed three policemen and a civilian – Wadume reportedly claimed that gave a vivid account of his alleged dealings with an army captain and the financial transactions he had with him and other security personnel

The notorious kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala Wadume is reportedly making shocking confessions as he appears before the Special Investigation Panel in Abuja.

The Nation reports that the panel is probing the circumstances of Wadume’s escape when he was first arrested and the killing of policemen and a civilian by soldiers at a checkpoint.

Wadume was reportedly questioned for many hours by the Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya -led special investigative panel. He allegedly gave a vivid account of his alleged dealings with an army captain and the financial transactions he had with him and other security personnel.

The newspaper reports that some of the banks mentioned by Wadume have been contacted to verify his claim of sending money into certain accounts.

A source who spoke to The Nation on the condition of anonymity said the panel was shocked by Wadume’s testimonies, adding that certain actions would be taken in a matter of days on his matter. “The police brought Wadume before the panel today. He was interviewed for several hours and more evidence was presented. He made shocking revelations and explained how he gave money to security personnel.

He also admitted paying money into the account of an army captain and that other personnel were on his payroll as well. He mentioned names of some of the security men at checkpoints.Certain actions will be taken in a few days time. It was a good thing that he was presented before the panel,” the source was quoted to have said.

Two of Wadume’s accomplices, including the major firearm supplier who was being trailed by the police, have also been allegedly arrested by the police at Ibi in Taraba state.

A cache of assorted firearms, ammunition was also reportedly recovered from them.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that police detectives from the Force headquarters allegedly recovered many guns from houses belonging to Wadume in Ibbi and Jalingo in Taraba state.

The police reportedly recovered several AK 47 and other weapons in the houses of Wadume in Ibbi and Jalingo following a search conducted by the detectives. An anonymous suggested it might be Wadume that revealed where he hid the guns to the police after he was re-arrested.

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