The arrest of Hamisu Bala Wadume by the Nigeria Police yesterday has turned Ibi, hometown of the kidnap kingpin into an unhappy mood.
Some Ibi residents, who spoke with Punch lamented the arrest of Wadume and said they will miss his generosity to the people and development of the town.
Yahaya Maikifi an Ibi resident lamented the arrest of their benefactors. He sais “no good news” to the people of Angwan Motori in Serkin Kudu area of Ibi in Taraba State; and other people who had been beneficiaries of his “generosity.”
“He was a benevolent philanthropist that did not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion or tribe.
“Wadume is constructing a mosque in our area. The project is almost completed and his arrest will stall the project,” Yahaya Maikifi Ibi said.
Michael Adi, another resident resident mentioned the borehole project that Wadume recently inaugurated at Serkin Kudu area of Ibi local government. He added that the project would be a memorable monument for the people of the area.
“I wish you were here to see the mood of the people. Nobody is happy over the development.
“Let’s be truthful to ourselves, Hamisu has done well with the people of Ibi and beyond.
“For some of us here, he has done well by eliminating poverty out of some families,” Adi said.