Justice Binta Nyako yesterday declined to grant the bail applications of the alleged Taraba kidnap

kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume) and six others.
She adjourned further hearing on the case till next week Tuesday.
The trial judge ordered that they should be transferred from the detention centre of the Police Special
Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to a correctional centre.
Justice Nyako directed the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Correctional Service to grant the
defendants access to medical facilities, even as she ordered accelerated hearing of the case.
Meanwhile, a welder, Hafizu Bala, yesterday narrated before the Federal High Court in Abuja how
soldiers engaged him to break off handcuffs to free Wadume.
Wadume is answering to a 13-count amended criminal charge that the federal government preferred
against him and six of his alleged accomplices that included a police inspector, Aliyu Dadje.
Nigerian Pilot recalled that though Wadume was arrested in 2019 over his alleged involvement in
several kidnap incidents, he, however, escaped from custody on August 6, 2019 when gunmen attacked
a team of policemen that arrested him.
Police alleged that he was assisted by soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, led by one Capt. Tijjani
Balarabe.
The incident resulted in the death of three policemen and two civilians, with five other police officers
badly injured.
Though the police initially charged 19 persons to court including the 10 soldiers that were accused of
complicity in the crime but the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice,
Abubakar Malami, SAN, subsequently took over the prosecution and delisted the soldiers from the
amended charge.
The police had complained to the court that the Nigerian Army refused to release the affected soldiers
for prosecution.
Aside Wadume and Inspector Dadje, other defendants in the amended charge marked
FHC/ABJ/CR/30/2020, are Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Belu), Bashir Waziri (aka
Baba runs); Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul.
The charge against them borders on terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms running.
At the resumed proceeding yesterday, the PW-2, Bala, who told the court that he is a resident of Ibi in
Taraba State, gave his evidence in Hausa language with his testimony translated in English.
Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Magaji Labaran, the witness told the court that he was
on August 6, 2019, engaged to cut off Wadume’s handcuffs after he escaped from police custody.

“On August 6, 2019, I was sitting in my shop when a motorcycle rider came and took me to go and break
padlock for him. The rider was a soldier.
“We went to military camp. We got there and the road was blocked. But the motorcycle rider showed
them my tools and handsaw before they allowed us to pass.
“After we went inside we went straight to Capt. Balarabe’s house. We met Alhaji Hamisu Wadume with
two military men, with other people inside.
“What they brought me for was to break padlock, but what I saw was a handcuff. One of the military
men asked him to stand up for a photograph. Alhaji stood and raised his hand for the picture. After
which I started working on the handcuff.
“Eventually, I was able to cut off the handcuff. After that, I did not do any other thing, I went home.
There is one DCO that assisted me to cut the handcuff.”
After he was discharged, another witness, Ahmad Suleiman (aka Dan Ball) narrated how Capt. Balarabe
called him to assist him to retrieve a rifle from one of the defendants.
Suleiman, who identified himself as a businessman and resident of Ibi in Taraba State, equally testified
in Hausa language.
The court had earlier discharged the first witness who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Felix
Adolije, after he was cross-examined by the defence lawyers – Ishaka Dikko (SAN), M. I Toga, Y.
Dandana, Amanze Amanze, Abass Ajiya, Kuzaet Magaji and F.O Fagbemi.
Adolijie led the police team that had gone to arrest Wadume but were attacked in the incident that led
to loss of lives.