Court jails kidnap kingpin Wadume for seven years

Taraba kidnap kingpin Hamisu Wadume

A Federal High Court in Abuja has sentenced a kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala aka Wadume, and two others, to seven years’ imprisonment.

The court found Wadume guilty of two of the 13-count charges brought against him and the others.

Wadume and others were arraigned by the attorney general of the federation with charges of kidnapping, murder, terrorism and illegal arms.

The charges followed the killing of three police officers and two civilians on August 6, 2019 by some soldiers.

Justice Binta Nyako also convicted Aliyu Dadje, a police inspector, who was the station officer at the police headquarters in Ibi Local Government Area of Taraba State, to three years’ imprisonment for tampering with records in order to conceal a crime.

Asides Wadume and Dadje, others charged with them are Auwalu Bala aka Omo Razor, Uba Bala aka Uba Delu, Bashir Waziri aka Baba Runs, Zubairu Abdullahi aka Basho, and Rayyanu Abdul.

The judge also sentenced Delu, Abdullahi, and Abdul to seven years’ imprisonment, while she discharged and acquitted Omo Razor and Baba Runs, for want of evidence.

Justice Nyako’s judgement was delivered on July 22. It was made public on Monday.