Two officers supposedly plotting with kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume, will soon be withdrawn from the service after being charged with colluding with the Taraba State criminal boss.
On Monday, top police sources informed reporter that Ibi Police Division Crime Officer, Assistant Police Superintendent, Aondonna Iorbee, and station officer, Inspector Aliyu, who had been in prison for about two weeks, would be dismissed for allegedly being “colluded with criminals.”
It was discovered that the crime officer made more than 200 calls to Wadume while the station officer allegedly destroyed proof indicating that the agents of the Intelligence Response Team documented the operation to arrest the kidnap kingpin.
A source said, “The two policemen are still in custody and the investigation showed that the kidnap kingpin, Wadume, was working hand in glove with the officers. It’s unfortunate, but they will lose their rights and end up in jail as well.”
Meanwhile, on 6 August 2019, a member of the IRT squad attacked by troops attached to 93 battalions, Takum, Taraba State, said the attackers had stolen their phones and other personal effects.
The officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity described his experience as terrifying, noting that during the assault, which claimed three policemen and two civilians, he was scarcely killed.
He said, “I was able to crawl out of the car being overturned and hid in a nearby bush. We discovered after the incident that our phones and wallets containing money and other personal effects had been taken away by the troops.”
Meanwhile, the Defense Headquarters’ Joint Investigative Panel, Abuja, set up to investigate the incident, failed to send its report to the Defense Headquarters ‘ office on Monday, Gen Abayomi Olonisakin.
Military sources asserted the committee had delayed the submission to conduct last-minute reviews and stop its results from being preempted.
The joint panel, headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, was reported to have completed its sessions at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Abuja, on Friday after grilling soldiers, police, civilians and the suspected kidnap kingpin of the Taraba State, Hamisu Wadume.
“The committee has stopped inviting witnesses and is reviewing all the evidence before it,” a top source said. The committee met on Monday, but its report was to be finalized. They may have been given this extension by the CDS.
“We must allow the panel to do a thorough work and they may have been graciously given an extension by the CDS.”