Army Captain who ordered killing of 3 policemen had 191 phone chats with arrested kidnapper’


A police investigation has revealed that telephone conversations between the kidnap kingpin, Mr Wadume and the Army Captain who ordered soldiers to attack and kill three policemen, were about 191 within the space of one month, between July 9, 2019 and August 6, 2019.

Recall that some soldiers on security check-point along the Ibi-Jalingo Expressway in Taraba State had attacked and killed police operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, and set free an arrested kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Balla, alias Wudume.

Subsequently, it was revealed that these soldiers acted on the instruction of an Army Captain.

A source at the police headquarters told Vanguard that the Army Captain is currently undergoing interrogation at the Defence Headquarters Abuja, alongside five other Army personnel, who were alleged to have taken part in the killing.

It was also gathered that the army captain might have been providing cover for the kidnapper, who is said to have received hundreds of millions as ransom from his victims.

The arrested solders, it was learnt, has confessed that they received orders to attack the policemen from the captain, whom they said informed them that Mr Wadume had been kidnapped and was being transported in a silver-coloured Toyota Hiace Bus.

A source at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, told Vanguard that the soldiers claimed that they acted squarely on the orders of the captain, being their superior officer, but Police sources at Force Headquarters Abuja, disclosed that the police authorities have established strong links between the army captain and the notorious kidnapper, alleging that the army captain was on the kidnapper’s payroll.

The source added further that its investigations have also revealed that the army captain, who was not present in Ibi Town at the time the IRT operatives arrested Mr Wadume, might have ordered his men to attack and kill the IRT operatives as well as rescue his friend, the kidnapper.

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