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Wadume’s accounts frozen for investigation, seized properties

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Security agents and the panel investigating the killing of police by soldiers in the state of Taraba confiscated some properties of the alleged kidnapper Hamisu Bala aka Wadume.

Wadume, whose arrest by the anti-kidnapping police squadron has sparked a dispute that led to the murder on August 6 of three policemen and a civilian by soldiers, is fleeing. The police have launched a human hunt for him and at least two panels are investigating the matter.

It was learned that the panel sealed Wadume’s properties in Taraba and other states, including the houses he allegedly built for friends and some community leaders.

It was learned that more than 20 vehicles in the fleet of his transport company, including private cars delivered to his allies and relatives, were confiscated and taken to the Wukari police station.

Thirteen of the vehicles are Volkswagen Sharon.

Reportedly, dozens of Wadume transport sector employees, including the company director, commercial drivers, associates and some benevolent beneficiaries, fled Taraba for fear of being arrested.

The Nation learned that the wanted kidnapping leader had big dreams.

In addition to his ambition to become executive director (CEO) of a transport company, he plans to become a political leader.

In the last general election, he tested the waters when he aspired to become a member of the House of Assembly on the platform of the Young Democratic Party (YDP), to represent the constituency constituency of Ibi.

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It was learned that Bala could have been crowned Sarkin Matasa (youth leader) in Ibi during the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir had it not been for his arrest.

It was learned that he had made some financial commitments with an Ibi chief to soften the process of his appointment as Sarkin Matasa.

The bodies of the murdered policemen and civilians were transferred from Taraba to Abuja for a post-mortem examination, which was also learned yesterday.

Two injured police officers were also transferred to Abuja for “additional care”.

The murdered police officers were identified as: Mark Ediale (inspector) and Sergeants Usman Danazumi and Dahiru Musa.

Our source said that some pathologists working with the police were accused of starting an autopsy yesterday.

“The purpose (of the autopsy) is for documentation of evidence,” a source said.

The army captain who allegedly ordered the shooting of the operatives is being interrogated in Abuja. Two policemen attached to the Ibi Police Division were arrested and taken to Abuja.

Members of the probe panel have been grilling the arrested security agents to ascertain whether they colluded with the kidnap kingpin and his accomplices during the incident which has been heavily condemned by members of the public.

The two army checkpoints between Ibi and Wukari local government areas have been dismantled.

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