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Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Elchicolo: 5:05am On Aug 13
THE suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin is a petty fish trader, painter, politician, polygamist with many children and a philanthropist. His wealth status might have been exergerated because of his generosity and profligate spending.

He was reclusive until the last two years. His wealth, allegedly through kidnapping shot him into ‘prominence’.

He is at the centre of a disagreement between the Army and the Police following soldiers killing of three policemen and a civilian who were on an anti-kidnapping mission in Taraba State.

The incident is under probe following public outcry.

Who is he? His name is Hamisu Bala. His nickname is “Why Do You Mean?”, which many mistake for “Wadume.” He is a Hausa man whose great grand father migrated from Katsina state.

He was born and brought up in Ibi local government area of Taraba State. His late father, Bala, was Hausa, while his mother was Tiv, from Ukum local government area of Benue state.

He holds a secondary school certificate, having attended the Government Secondary School (GSS) Ibi. It was gathered that he was “not a brilliant” Arts student.

“He completed secondary school in 2004 and did not proceed to any tertiary institution,” one of his classmates told The Nation.

Bala, 35, suddenly became so rich that many believe he made it through ‘ritual’. His posh residence in Ibi was built only last year. Before then, he was a petty trader who specialised in buying and selling fish in Ibi.

“He was not even a big trader; he could only afford to buy only one or most of the time, half a basket of fish to sell at retail prices,” a source, who knows him well, said.

Bala was a painter who had partnership with his brother.

During the 2019 polls, he aspired to become a House of Assembly member, representing Ibi Constituency, on the platform of the Young Democratic Party (YDP). But, he did not make it.

After making money Bala has been living the life of a philanthropist.

In the last two years, he reportedly built houses for his friends and donated hundreds of motorcycles and cars to young men and women. He is also believed to be generous to security agents.

“Sometimes he (alleged kidnapper) goes to tea sellers and settles the bills of tea drinkers. Then, he gives N10,000 each to the people,” a source in Ibi said.

Two of his wives have been under house arrest. His other two wives are in Mecca on pilgrimage, it was learnt.

So, how did police know Bala was a big time kidnapper to the extent of apprehending him? One of Bala’s accomplices, known as Kwarba, was apprehended by the police in Jalingo, over his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of a Permanent Secretary.

During interrogation, Kwarba revealed that Bala was their leader. The police then allowed Kwarba to be communicating with Bala on the phone for over three days, as though he was not in detention. Based on their communication, the police were able to gather useful information.

It was during one of their conversations on the phone that Bala disclosed that he was coming to Ibi for Eid el Kabir celebration. On arrival in Ibi, Bala phoned Kwarba to inform him.

Operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) embarked on the journey. They got to the police headquarters in Jalingo, before proceeding to Ibi, in a white Toyota Hummer Bus marked, LAGOS: MUS-564EU.

They were in mufti, and carried Kwarba along so that he could identify Bala. They met Bala at a coffee joint, at the junction to Government Lodge. Kwarba identified him.

To pull the wool over the kidnapper’s eyes, the policemen in disguise went out and told him they brought a bus for sale. Bala sought to know the cost of the vehicle so that he could buy it, but the policemen suggested they would step aside for bargaining.

It was when he (Bala) got into the bus that the policemen told him they were there to arrest him, after handcuffing and chaining his legs.

After arresting the suspect, the operatives drove into Ibi town briefly and began to drive carefully out of the town.

But while passing the coffee joint, (where Bala was picked) the suspected kidnapper forced his head out of the vehicle and shouted: “I have been kidnapped by these people.”

Soon, the news spread and some of Bala’s ‘boys’ began to chase the vehicle on motorbikes. The operatives had passed the first and second check points, with only one remaining to pass.

Bala’s accomplices then called the military checkpoint where the bus was ambushed. They opened fire on the bus conveying the operatives and suspected kidnapper. The bus somersaulted into the bush, following the barrage of gun fire, as the driver lost control of the wheel.

A source revealed that, after the killing of the three policemen and the civilian, Bala, who was handcuffed and chained in the legs, crawled and took refuge in the home of an old Jukun woman.

The following day, he called his army captain friend who came with three of his ‘boys’ in a red Tyoyota Corolla.

Our source alleged that the army captain cut the chains on the suspected kidnapper.

“It was around 7:30 am that he (Bala) was taken back to his home in Ibi in the red car,” an eyewitness said.

On getting back to Ibi, his neighbours and Ibi residents went into jubilation. It was gathered that while the jubilation was on, Bala sneaked out of town. He has not been seen since then.


https://thenationonlineng.net/unmasking-kidnap-kingpin-wadume/amp/

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by daddytime(m): 5:14am On Aug 13
This is a very good and detailed reportage.

Thank God it wasn't done by any of the yeye bloggers on here. But I'm very sure they'd copy and remix it with their bombastic English soon before worrying their heads with it.

There is sure to be a reprisal attack on the guy used to set him up including his family.

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Jabioro: 5:43am On Aug 13
Deeper report... uptill second day..the army captain must be part of the dasdard game..

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Mcreloaded(m): 6:33am On Aug 13
This is the reason i can only commit a crime if i am the only one that will start and finish the deed but then who says someone might not see me doing the deed or luck might not run out against me.
Better still don't involve in anything that is criminal and God will bless your hustle

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by mansakhalifa(m): 6:43am On Aug 13
So, he graduated from a fishmonger to a "fisher of men". I think he reads the bible in his spare time and wanted to emulate the disciples. The story should have been titled "Wadume: From Fishmonger To Fisher Of Men, The Making Of A Kidnap Kingpin".

Fantastic reportage, I must say. I must also say that I am quite impressed with the way some of our journalists work these days. This is an award-winning story TBH.

To think the clown also tried to become a politician at some point... He was probably feeling like the local Escobar already.

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by mansakhalifa(m): 6:48am On Aug 13
Mcreloaded:
This is the reason i can only commit a crime if i am the only one that will start and finish the deed but then who says someone might not see me doing the deed or luck might not run out against me.
Better still don't involve in anything that is criminal and God will bless your hustle


In crime, the concept is usually "the more the merrier".

Crime without accomplices is like music without the beat. Lone wolves hardly make it very far. Get the drift?

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Mcreloaded(m): 7:12am On Aug 13
mansakhalifa:



In crime, the concept is usually "the more the merrier".

Crime without accomplices is like music without the beat. Lone wolves hardly make it very far. Get the drift?

You right but if i am forced to involve in such then it means i must have plans to kill the other accomplice as they are the weak link in the whole operation.

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by hedonido: 9:29am On Aug 13
Great report. We're getting there.

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 9:44am On Aug 13
What a read!

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by ichidodo(m): 11:01am On Aug 13
Once bitten, twice shy. I don't think this man can ever be caught again....Dude must be in Cameroun by now..

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Ikem11(m): 11:02am On Aug 13
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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by cwale044: 11:02am On Aug 13
This man needs to be flushed out.

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Ikem11(m): 11:02am On Aug 13
I thought na only Evans they do kidnapping? Wow even musa follow join?

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by mynaijadj(m): 11:02am On Aug 13
Why would you open fire on suspects with intent to kill rather than demobilize the bus and ask them to surrender?

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by kerry57: 11:03am On Aug 13
The real hausa fulani demon, others dey learn where this nigga dey. He plays his cards wella and pays his due. God finally win over him, because i know say we go catch am.

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Frankyboy1(m): 11:03am On Aug 13
Funny
Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by maybachmusic(m): 11:04am On Aug 13
El chapo jnr



cool
Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Couponchecker: 11:05am On Aug 13
The nickname though grin

Those soldiers are a bunch of disgrace angry

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Elvis295(m): 11:06am On Aug 13
Hmmm
Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by Nice365: 11:06am On Aug 13
Ok
Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by lomprico(m): 11:06am On Aug 13
it's a lie, its Evan's wearing mask - tinubu

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by naijapips04: 11:06am On Aug 13
Would make a good novel someday.

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by DennisEche(m): 11:06am On Aug 13
Operation find wadume.... The foul yansh don' open. The NA are now exposed of their atrocities in aiding and abetting of crimes.
I mist commend the intelligence team of the IRT.
Those guys works like magic if not for the stupidity of the Soldiers on check point. This would have been a smooth operation

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Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by eleko1: 11:07am On Aug 13
sad baztards
Re: Wadume: Meet The Taraba Kidnap Kingpin (Photo) by bentwood85(m): 11:07am On Aug 13
He is an Hausa FULANI and trust me this case would be swept under the carpet..
Where is TINUBU now few days back he said " is Evans a herdsman"

The whole military and para-military of Nigeria is headed by the Hausa FULANI..
The CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA is also a HAUSA-FULANI.. SO TELL ME HOW CAN JUSTICE BE SERVED?.
BUHARI USE N-POWER TO BLIND THE EYES OF MOST NIGERIANS..

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