Again, AGF, Army Refuse To Produce Killer-Soldiers As Wadume Trial Begins
Trial in the kidnap case involving Bala Hamisu, aka Wadume, began at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, with an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Felix Adolije, narrating how he and his team members came under a heavy fire from soldiers after arresting the suspect in Ibbi, Taraba State, on August 6, 2019.
The 10 soldiers attached to the 93 Battalion in Takum, Taraba State, allegedly helped Wadume to escape from the policemen.
The troops, led by Captain Tijjani Balarabe, allegedly killed three policemen and two civilians, while five other police officers were injured during the soldiers’ attack.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), had withdrawn charges against the 10 soldiers who were indicted for allegedly killing the three policemen.
Subsequently, of the 20 original defendants, only seven of them, including Wadume, are left by the AGF office to face trial.
Adolije, who was the leader of the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of the Police office that arrested Wadume in Ibbi, appeared in the case as the first prosecution witness in the trial on Monday.
Adolije, who was led in evidence by Mr Magaji Labaran, the prosecuting counsel from the AGF office, told Justice Binta Nyako that the investigation into the kidnap case was ignited by a petition sent to the Inspector-General of Police office.
He said the petition showed that the suspects, who were yet to be identified at the time, demanded N200m ransom.
He said the analysis of four phone numbers with which the suspects were making the demand, led his team to “a soft target” in Taraba State, Bashir, who in turn led them to Wadume in Ibbi, on August 6, 2019.
He said his team, comprising six IRT officers, departed Abuja for Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, on August 5, 2019.
He told the judge that he and his team members arrived at the headquarters of the Taraba State Police Command in Jalingo, on August 6, 2019 and briefed the Commissioner of Police in the state about their mission.