Wadume: AGF takes over prosecution of kidnap kingpin, Army, Police officers

Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has taken over the prosecution of Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, aka Wadume.

Charged along with him are one Army Captain, Police officers and others.

On Wednesday, Shuaibu Labaran, a lawyer from the Ministry of Justice told the court that the AGF is now prosecuting the matter.

He, however, explained that the ministry needed time to look at the case file before re-arraigning the defendants.

NAN reports that Labaran prayed the court for a short adjournment.

“We have received the file and noticed that there are about 20 defendants from the charge. There is need for us to review the charge and also liaise with the arresting agency to ensure that all the defendants are brought to court,” he said.

The official assured that the ministry would see that justice is done.

Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the matter until June 8 for re-araignment.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had filed a 16-count charge on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms running against Wadume and the others.

The were first arraigned on March 16.

Count one of the charge read, “That you, Alhaji Hamisu Bala, 33, aka Wadume; Capt. Ahmed Tijjani Balarabe; ASP Aondona Iorbee; Insp. Aliyu Dadje; Auwalu Bala; Uba Bala; Ahmad Suleiman; Bashir Waziri; Zubairu Abdullahi; Rayyanu Abdul and others now at large, between February and April 2019 at Takum and Ibi, Taraba, within the jurisdiction of this court, while acting in concert, conspired together to commit felony, to wit: acts of terrorism, by attacking and kidnapping one Usman Garba, aka Mayo, at his filling station in Takum, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 17 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act 2013.”

All suspects were also accused of possessing six AK-47 rifles and dealing in prohibited firearms.

Last October, the Nigerian military released the probe report on the alleged killing of policemen by soldiers.

The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) officers were transporting Wadume when soldiers allegedly opened fire on them and went away with the kidnap leader.

Wadume was later arrested, paraded and currently in Police custody.


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