Notorious kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume has revealed that the army captain who helped him escape from the undercover Intelligence Response Team (IRT) operatives in Taraba is on his payroll.
The Nation reports that Wadume and his gang give security agents N20, 000 each time they passed a checkpoint to avoid arrest.
It was also reported that Wadume said he paid huge amounts into the army captain’s bank account three weeks before he was re-arrested in Kano.
The army captain, Balarabe directed his soldiers to “rescue” Wadume after his boys, ”Babaruns” and ”Zubairu” informed him of Wadume’s arrest on 6th of August.
After been freed, the soldiers took him to the barracks, from where the Captain took him to his house and a welder cut off the hand and leg chains.
A source privy to the investigation said, “He has made so many revelations. A lot of things have been said that I don’t want to talk about to avoid jeopardising ongoing investigations. It is a huge network and so many people are involved.
“I can tell you that he confessed to have paid huge money into the Captain’s bank account three weeks ago and that he usually gave each checkpoint N20,000 each time he passed”.
The Joint Investigative Panel set up by the Defence Headquarters is said to be worried about the trending video of Wadume’s confession.
The source said: “We are seriously disturbed and alarmed by the latest video on the purported confession of the re-arrested kingpin, Wadume, while in the custody of the police.
“Though it is a commendable effort for the re-arrest of the kidnap kingpin, the video recording of the alleged confession of Wadume while the panel is still conducting its investigation is quite worrisome as efforts are being put in place to ensure smooth relations between the military and the police before the offending confession.
“Though our panel was inaugurated on August 9 with an initial one-week deadline, we have been mandated to continue and conclude the probe as soon as possible.
“The arrest of Wadume would definitely shed more light on our investigation, considering the volume of arrests and interrogations so far.”