- Wadume who contested for House of Assembly election stepped down and took his supporters to PDP.
- Reveals how he deceived a lot of politicians in order to obtain money from them.
Suspected kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Balla, a.k.a Wadume, has claimed that he was given N13m by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to prosecute the 2019 presidential election.
SIn an interview with Vanguard, Wadume, who has been in the middle of the raging storm between the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police over the murder of three police operatives and two civilians by soldiers in Ibi town, said he spent seven million out of the sum.
“I was also given N13million by the APC to prosecute the 2019 presidential election but I spent only seven million. I also defrauded a civil servant from Ibi of N30million.
Given an account on his encounter with both the police and his Army Captain friend in charge of the 93 Battalion, Wukari who aided his escape after his initial arrest by the police, Wadume said he was shocked at the manner the soldiers opened fire on the Police Toyota Hiace Bus that was conveying him to the Taraba Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo said while he also sustained bullet wounds on his right thigh after the shootings.
He added that he never asked the army captain to rescue him from the policemen who arrested him.
Speaking further, he revealed that as at the time he crawled out of the bullet-ridden bus, which somersaulted three times before landing into the bush, the policemen were still alive but he was surprised to see the soldiers who had pursued them to the check-point raining bullets on the policemen before he was whisked in a red coloured car, to the home of the army captain.
His leg chain and handcuffs were cut off by a welder invited by the army captain and he was greeted by a large crowd of residents of Ibi who were standing beside the corpses of the deceased policemen who were all brought to the home of the army captain.
Wadume fled Ibi Town with the sum of N550,000 in his pocket after he was rescued and was hiding in the house of one of his friends, Meito, at Ungwachiki town.
24 hours later some soldiers trailed him to his friend’s house and wanted him dead. He, therefore, jumped out of the window and fled to the river bank, boarded a speed boat into Tunga area of Nassarawa State, where he spent a night before moving to the home of his maternal uncle in Kano State.
Wadume who claimed not to be a kidnapper but a political thug also revealed that he sells arms to several kidnappers.
“I am not a kidnapper, but I have sold arms to several kidnappers. I am a fisher farmer, I own fish ponds, I own transport business. I am equally a political thug. I went into crime when some politicians came for me, they approached me through one Babangida Musa, who was also into fishing business.
He also revealed how he deceived a governor into giving him N6m after winning an election.
“In June 2018, I deceived a lot of politicians who were vying for political offices that I had spiritual powers to enable them to win their elections. I defrauded the governor when he came to Ibi and met the youths in my town. As the leader of the youths, the Governor met me and I promised to work for him and to also consult some Mallams who would pray for his success.
“The Governor gave me N2million at first and we exchanged telephone numbers. But one week before the election, the governor called me and asked me to come to the Government house and when I got there the governor gave me N4million cash to continue with the prayers. Immediately after the election, the governor called to thank me,” he said.