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Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by GISTBL0G: 4:15am On Aug 14
The Nigerian Army Captain who allegedly ordered soldiers on security check-point along the Ibi-Jalingo Expressway in Taraba State, to attack and kill police operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team, IRT, has been identified.

Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that police investigation carried out so far has revealed that telephone conversations between the kidnap kingpin, Wadume and the Captain , were about 191 within the space of one month between July 9, 2019 and August 6, 2019. The source explained that the police authorities believed 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.

Army Captain Taraba
Vanguard gathered that the Army Captain , who is currently undergoing interrogation at the Defence Headquarters Abuja, was arrested alongside five other Army personnel, who were alleged to have taken part in the horrific killing of the three policemen and their two civilian agents in an operation to arrest a notorious kidnapper, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, alias Wudume, in Ibi area of Taraba State.

Vanguard learned yesterday that the arrested solders confessed that they received orders to attack the policemen from the captain, whom they said informed them that 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 Wadume, might have ordered his men to attack and kill the IRT operatives as well as rescue his friend, the kidnapper.

Petition against Wadume received

Meanwhile, Vanguard also gathered, yesterday, that the IRT’s manhunt to arrest and bring down Wadume’s kidnapping empire began in March 2019, when it received a petition from one Sheriff Umar of Kirikinua South Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was gathered further that the petitioner reported that his cousin, Usman Mayo was kidnapped on the 15th of February, 2019 at Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State and his kidnapper demanded the sum of N200 million as ransom for his release.

The source explained that the family of the kidnapped victim negotiated and paid the sum of N85 million first, on March 11, 2019, but the abductee was not released. He said they paid an additional N15 million, on March 16, 2019, making a total sum paid to the kidnappers N100 million and the kidnappers refused to release their victim insisting that that the family must pay the N200million they demanded.

The source explained that the family reported to the police and the IRT was drafted to investigate and track down the suspects behind the kidnapping and rescue the victim. It was learned that while investigations into the matter commenced, members of the kidnapped victim’s family paid an additional N20m to the kidnappers and the victim was released, but the police discovered during investigations that Wadume had strong links to the kidnappers, who got N120 million as ransom from their victim.

I sold 6 AK-47 rifles to Wadume — Ajomo

The police source, further disclosed that it investigations also revealed that Wadume, had bought several AK-47 rifles from a notorious trans-border arms dealer, Ojomo Adebowale Gbenga, who was arrested in May 2019, by operatives of the IRT for supplying heavy arms and ammunition to kidnappers and armed robbers.

45-year-old Ojomo, said to be a major arms dealer in the South-Western part of the country, made startling revelations about the fleeing Wadume during an interview.

Ojomo, who was earlier in the year paraded by police authorities over his criminal activities and later detained in Lagos, told Vanguard that he met Alhaji Wadume four years ago in Benue State and had been selling arms to him under the guise of using them to fight terrorist Fulanis.

Speaking with Vanguard, Ojomo said that he got to know Wadume through his business partner, Moses in Benue State, and he told him that he needed rifles to fight herdsmen who were killing farmers in his community. The gun runner explained that he got all the rifles, which he sold to Wadume and his friends from Burkina Faso, Mali and Libya and he said he sold the arms to them because they told him that they were having community clashes.

He further disclosed: “I started selling fire arms since 1993 after my secondary school. I worked with a company that deals on licensed arms in 1993 and I left in 1996 and went to school but, I linked up with arms dealers in Ibadan, which is the headquarters of arms dealing in the south western part of the country. I started selling automatic firearms which is prohibited, then one of my friends who is now late, Moses led me to the north. He took me to Benue State and I sold arms to several people, including Alhaji Hamisu (Wadume). He came to me through Moses’ contacts and they identified him as a don. You know arms dealing is a cartel business. I knew very little about him and I sold eight rifles to him in 2015 and in January 2019, he called again and told me that he needed 10 rifles, but I had only six and because he was in hurry, I sold them to him at N800,000 each, and the bullets for N350,000 per can. But after my arrest, I gave information about him to the police. It was while in detention I heard he has been arrested.

Police inspector arrested, recants

Also, a Police Inspector who was accused of informing the Army that operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team that visited Ibi community in Taraba state, last week to effect the arrest of the suspected kidnap kingpin did not report to Police authorities, has been arrested.

Preliminary investigation, as reliably gathered, revealed that the policeman was cajoled to say so in order to cement evidences by troops of the 93 Battalion that the operatives were not only kidnappers but were there on an illegal duty.

It was also learned that one of the villagers who allegedly collected the firearms from the dead policemen revealed during interrogation that the weapons belonging to the slain police officers were collected from him by some soldiers.

Vanguard learned that the Police inspector attached to Ibi Police Station confirmed that the operatives visited the station to inform the senior officer there that they had concluded their operations and were leaving with the arrested suspect.

Unconfirmed reports said the policeman was given an undisclosed amount of money to maintain his stand that he told the troops that the policemen did not report at the station.

However, sources said the Inspector denied during interrogation at Force Headquarters, Abuja, that he did not collect any money from the Army.

It was further learned that about three villagers collected the firearms that were flung in different places into the bush after the police team was shot, when their vehicle somersaulted. One of them was said to have taken the arms to his home from where it was collected by the soldiers.

A villager who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed that the suspected kidnap kingpin who is still on the run, is a popular person in Ibi community.

He was said to have contested for the House of Assembly, Ibi constituency in the last election, under the Young Democratic Party, but lost.

The 35-year-old man, said to be a petty trader, was revered in the community, due to his philanthropic nature.

He was said to have bought motorcycles for some youths, some of who thronged the scene where the operatives were killed, jubilating that their benefactor’s enemies had been overpowered.

At the moment, villagers in Ibi community are said to be keeping sealed lips on what transpired during the arrest of the suspected kidnapper, last week, for fear of being attacked by loyalists to the suspect.

Some of those close to the kidnap suspects have taken to their heels, apparently to avoid being arrested over his whereabouts.

Widow to address press today

Meanwhile, widow of the slain Inspector Mark Ediale, who is yet to come to terms with the rude shock of her husband’s demise, has left Lagos for the Force headquarters, Abuja, where she was received by senior police officers who condoled her and other widows over the tragic incident.

But her late husband’s family, it was reliably gathered, will be briefing journalists in Abuja today, where some salient questions would be posed to killers of their son.

The family, Vanguard learned, is requesting an explanation on how Inspector Ediale died, when he was seen alive in a video clip that went viral.



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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Mutemenot(m): 5:00am On Aug 14
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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by princeade86(m): 5:06am On Aug 14
just imagine.

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Jabioro: 5:17am On Aug 14
We are in a version country,where anything goes..some follow the order while some are above the order.The convert men even reported back to police division at Ibi to inform them of their completed mission... Betrayal, Saboteur, Traitor.... within the force

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Barrywilly(m): 5:48am On Aug 14
What a comprehensive report. Front page straight

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Omonken: 5:49am On Aug 14
[i][/i][b][/b][color=#006600][/color]I just dey laugh in pigin English ;DI just dey laugh in pigin English

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by dirtydiva(m): 5:52am On Aug 14
Just look at ds captain, I believe some them are behind the deaths of our fine soldiers ambushed by Boko Haram as a result of bn a mole, if a captain could stood so low working for Wadume what else can he not do if bn reached out to by foreign agents to sell the country out?

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by aanuoluwami14: 6:19am On Aug 14
grin grin Lobatan

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by MVLOX(m): 6:27am On Aug 14
This is just the beginning.... more revelations are on their way....

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by emilas1979(m): 6:27am On Aug 14
Not because of this,
Have always known that there is a huge sabotage in our security architecture, from the military top down to vigilante.

The way crime sales here, leave much to be thought about
GISTBL0G:



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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Sunnymatey(m): 6:35am On Aug 14
This is the reason why boko haram can never be defeated. Most of the senior officers could be working for the sect in exchange for money.

Nigeria is hell

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by naijaboy756: 6:44am On Aug 14
No regard for human life anymore

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by YoungLionone: 6:44am On Aug 14
Police self....

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Cosmatikka: 6:44am On Aug 14
They should also check Bubu's phone. He has been chatting with Sheekarau since 2011with 2go

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Inquisitor2560(m): 6:44am On Aug 14
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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by israelmao(m): 6:44am On Aug 14
Wind has blown and hen's anus has been uncovered.The corpse they thought was well buried its feet are still hanging outside.The wars against armed banditry, kidnapping and terrorism are not won because there are traitors and renegades in army and police force who aid and abet the perpetrators on the account of bounties they share from heinous crimes.They divulge information at the drop of hat for largesse received and they often do that even at the expense of their colleagues' and civilians' lives.Nigerian forces need total overhaul in order to weed out unwanted plants so that we will not continue to entrust our lives in the hands of our enemies.

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by nototribalist: 6:45am On Aug 14
So when police officers go to a viewing Center to pick up random boys watching football and lock them up and asked them to start calling their family members for ransom, is that not kidnapping?

Sense no go kill me

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Ejyksneh(m): 6:46am On Aug 14
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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by davibid: 6:46am On Aug 14
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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by deepwater(f): 6:46am On Aug 14
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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Orlaoluwayimika(m): 6:46am On Aug 14
My own posit on this is what would ve happened if he had won the election as an HOA member.
He would ve perfectly used that to cover his' nefarious act and no one would believe he is a Kidnapping kingpin. It would even be worse if he belongs to the opposition party.

Protest upon protest calling for his' release.
This speaks so much about our Political system, Political leaders, and Political belief system.

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by OTayobami(m): 6:47am On Aug 14
Local man is tired of this locality

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by realestniggah: 6:47am On Aug 14
All I know is Nigeria is Failed country

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Omolomo4eva(m): 6:48am On Aug 14
JUST IMAGINE,DIS COUNTRY CAN NEVA DEVELOP

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Simplyleo: 6:49am On Aug 14
the soldiers claimed that they acted squarely on the orders of the captain, being their superior officer

Make dem free the soldiers jor. Abi the captain deny giving such orders ni?

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Kendumazy(m): 6:50am On Aug 14
Insecurity is indeed a flourishing business to our so called security officers! What a country!

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by emyfelix: 6:50am On Aug 14
Actually saw this coming!!!

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Re: Taraba Police Killings: Army Captain Had 191 Phone Chats With Wanted Kidnapper by Ezedon(m): 6:50am On Aug 14
Na Dem

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