Kidnap Kingpin Wadume Claims He Is An APC Member + How The Party Gave Him N13M During 2019 Elections, In Shocking Revelations

Notorious kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, has been singing like a bird since he was apprehended by the police.

Wadume, who said he dropped out of school after junior secondary education, said that one Babangida Musa introduced him to crime. The kidnap kingpin also revealed that he is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after he dumped the PDP and helped APC win election in the presidential and senatorial election in Ibi town.

Wadume also revealed an eye witness account of how the policemen who arrested him were killed by men of Nigerian Army who rescued him.

According to him, “I am 34 years old and married to four wives. I have only four children as two of my wives are yet to conceive. We are eight of us from my mother’s womb and my parents are dead. Due to financial constraint, I had to drop out of school after Junior Secondary School. I attended Government Secondary School, Ibi,” he was quoted by Saturday Sun as saying.

“In Ibi, we are farmers and my father used to be a fisherman. Based on the experience I got when I normally followed him to the river, I started buying and selling fish. It is not easy to catch it by yourself because of the waves and for fear of dying, I decided to restrict myself and was only buying and selling fish. I used to make as much as N5, 000 on a daily basis. I did that for years till I gathered enough money to start my own fishpond.

“I continued in that business till six years ago when my friend Babangida Musa introduced me to the business of buying and selling guns. He imports them from neighbouring countries and sell to me. I am a youth leader, so I have a strong relationship with a lot of bad boys that is why I knew that I would surely excel in the business.

“I started buying only AK-47 rifles from him at the price of N400, 000 and sold them to my customers at the price of N750, 000. Some of my customers are Yakubu Yamaza and one Halilu. Yakubu buys them in large quantities because he normal sells the guns to Fulani bandits and others. He is one of my constant buyers.

“Halilu is a notorious kidnapper and I preferred selling AK-47 rifles to him as a way to guarantee that he will not pick me up one day. In fact, his gang members almost got me but when I told them who I was, they released me. I cannot recall the number of AK-47 guns that I sold to him. I swear to God, I have never kidnapped anybody, but I know a lot of them who are kidnappers. They normally buy AK-47 guns from me.

“I was making so much money, so I decided to use the money to buy cars and motorcycles for commercial purposes. I am also a politician and a youth leader. I made so much money from politicians.

“I joined politics about 10 years ago while I was a fish farmer. I was very active and that was why I was made the Sariki Matata (youth leader) of Ibi town. I started as a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and switched over in 2015 to All Progressives Congress (APC). In the 2019 election, APC won the presidential and senatorial election in Ibi town. During the governorship election, I switched over to PDP and assisted them to win. In politics, if you want to make money, one needs to join the winning team. I couldn’t get the ticket of PDP or APC to contest for State House of Assembly. Luckily, Young Democratic Party (YDP) accepted me but I still lost the election.

“As a youth leader, money meant for the youth was given to me. I am to mobilize them, hire thugs where necessary and make arrangement for weapons that can be used to protect our people. There is a lot of killing in my state, so it’s wise to always protect yourself in-case of any attack. It was during 2015 and 2019 elections that I made so much money to acquire cars and houses.

“On the day he was rescued by some soldiers, he added “On August 7 at about 6pm, I was in my house with some family and friends when policemen arrived and arrested me. Everyone was begging them, but they said that I am a kidnapper and handcuffed my legs and hands.

“On our way, we passed through three checkpoints. The first was that of the army and after identification, they allowed us to go. The second one was that of mobile policemen and they also allowed us to continue. It was at the third checkpoint that we wasted a little time, but they allowed us to go after the policemen convinced them that they were real.

“Five minutes after we left that point, an army patrol vehicle started shooting at us. Our vehicle got hit and somersaulted severally. When we finally crashed and stopped, everybody was alive except for bullet wounds. The bullets hit part of my scrotum.

“The soldiers quickly rescued me and took me to a red saloon car, and we drove off immediately. Initially, I thought they were bandits dressed in military uniform and wanted to kidnap me. It was when we got to Captain Balarabe’s house that I knew that I was safe.

“The Captain was there and he called the DCO of Ibi Police Division, one ASP Aondona Lorbee. He came to the house and told the Captain that he could not find the key. They then brought an iron cutter and cut the handcuffs on my hands and legs.

“I was outside when I saw the soldiers drive in with four dead men. They dropped them on the ground, and I realized that these were the people who arrested me. I was shocked because they were all alive after the vehicle somersaulted.

“Even the DCO saw the dead bodies and just looked at them and left the compound. While the dead bodies were still on the ground, I decided to find my way before anyone will know that I was there. One of the boys that I saw in the compound used his motorcycle to take me to the house of one of my friends, Saidu.

“By then the news of my arrest and escape has spread everywhere. I immediately rented a speedboat and escaped to Tunga village in Nasarawa. I slept there and also used the opportunity to contact my family members. The ones in Ibi told me that soldiers came to the house to look for me, that they asked that I should not allow police to catch me. It was better for me to come to them first as they will guarantee my safety.

“I refused to go back because I was already scared that they killed those policemen. I knew that if they catch me, I will be killed. I ran to my Uncle’s house in Kano. I went there because, he is related to my late mother and the house that he is living in belong to me. He only advised me to report myself to the police and stop running. I decided to stay away from the border because it’s guarded by the military and my face is now known by all.

“It was my uncle who called a doctor to treat the bullet wound that affected my private part. It is possible that I cannot use it again because of the damage and I discovered that when I wake up in the morning, I no longer have erection.

“While I was hiding, friends who knew where I was collected N3 million from me. They said that they were going to use it to pay journalists, so that they will be writing good report about me. It was when I was arrested, that I knew that they did not do anything. I was terrified when men in mufti broke into our house in Kano. I thought they were hired to kill me till I discovered they were policemen.

“I did not ask soldiers to kill anyone. I was happy they rescued me, but I’m happier that police has rearrested me and I’m still alive.

“I am not a kidnapper, but I supply arms to different gangs. I make enough money as a businessman. I know that I have committed a crime selling guns; I am willing to change for good.”

Hamisu Bala, aka Wadume, added that he defrauded many politicians in 2018 on the pretext that he has spiritual powers to help them win elections. The suspected kidnapper also claimed the he got N13 Million from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and Six Million Naira from an unnamed sitting governor.

His words: “I got N6M from a sitting governor, N13M from APC, defrauded civil servant of N30M, In June 2018, I deceived a lot of politicians who were vying for political offices that I had spiritual powers to enable them win their elections. “I defrauded the governor when he came to Ibi and met the youths in my town. As the leader of the youths, the governor met me, and I promised to work for him and to also consult some Mallams who would pray for his success. The governor gave me N2 Million at first and we exchanged telephone numbers. But one week before the election, the governor called me and asked me to come to the Government House and when I got there the governor gave me N4 Million cash to continue with the prayers. Immediately after the election, the governor called to thank me.”

Wadume explained that the N13 Million he allegedly got from the APC was to be used for the 2019 presidential elections. However, Wadume, who contested the Taraba state House of Assembly election on the platform of the Young Democratic Party (YDP), Ibi local government, said he eventually pulled out of the election and took his supporters to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “I was also given N13 Million by the APC to prosecute the 2019 presidential election, but I spent only seven Million. I also defrauded a civil servant from Ibi of N30 Million. I contested the Taraba State House of Assembly under the YDP Ibi local government, but I pulled out of the election and took my supporters to the PDP,” he said.

The Nigeria Police Force zealously re-arrested Wadume in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area, of Kano State in the late hours of Monday, August 19.

The police reportedly recovered several AK 47 and other weapons in the houses of Wadume in Ibbi and Jalingo, following a search conducted by the detectives. An anonymous source suggested it might be Wadume that revealed where he hid the guns to the police after he was re-arrested. The Army captain Balarabe Tijani, who allegedly ordered Wadume’s release is said to have exchanged 191 phone conversations with the suspected kidnapper.

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