Taraba Killings: Army Captain was on Kidnapper’s Payroll

Following investigations into the shootout between the military and the police at Ibi, Taraba State where 3 policemen and a civilian were killed, it has been discovered that the Army Captain who allegedly ordered soldiers on security to attack and kill the police operatives was in close contact with the kidnap kingpin, Wadume as there were 191 telephone conversations between the duo withing the space of one month (July 9, 2019 to August 6, 2019)

According to sources, 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.

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.

Newsmen gathered 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 journalists that the soldiers claimed 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 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.

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