Court Remands Kidnap Kingpin Wadume, Others At Kuje Prison

Court Remands Kidnap Kingpin Wadume, Others At Kuje Prison

By Wires Editor | The Trent on July 2, 2020
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Bukola Saraki,
Suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, ordered a kidnap suspect, Hamisu Bala (aka Wadume), and six others to be moved from the custody of the Special Anti–Robbery Squad, SARS, to the National Correctional Centre, Kuje, Abuja.

Justice Binta Nyako made the order after rejecting the bail applications filed by them.

In her ruling, Justice Nyako said there was no reason granting them bail since the court has already  ordered for an accelerated trial.

She also ordered that the defendants must be availed access to medical facility and allowed to have access to their lawyers while in prison.

Wadume was first arrested in Ibi, Taraba State, on August 6, 2019, by policemen from the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector General of the Police office.

He was arrested for a kidnap case in which he was said to have demanded N106 million as ransom.

While he was being conveyed from  Ibi to Abuja, an army of 10 soldiers led by Captain Tijjani Balarabe shot at them, killing three of the policemen to free Wadume from custody.

Wadume was later rearrested for interrogation before he was charged along with others in February this year.

The soldiers who were initially charged along with Wadume shockingly had their names removed from the charges as defendants by the Attorney-General of the Federation’s office earlier this month.

Earlier on Wednesday,  two prosecution witnesses testified in the case, narrating Balarabe’s roles after helping Wadume’s escape from custody.

Source: Sun

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