Senior police officers in the Nigeria Police allegedly exchanged calls with the wanted millionaire kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, whose whereabouts is currently unknown.
Alhaji Hamisu is the wanted criminal who was released by soldiers of the Nigerian Army 93 Battalion in Taraba State.
The soldiers killed three highly trained police officers (Inspector Mark Ediale, Sergeants Usman Danzumi, Dahiru Musa) attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team and a civilian (Olajide Owolabi) who had apprehended the kidnap kingpin and was conveying him to the Police Command in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State.
Further investigation into the development revealed that the kidnap kingpin actually has connections inside the police as he had over 200 calls with the Divisional Crime Officer of the Ibi Divisional Police Station.
The DCO has been arrested by the police.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Michael Ogbizi, who is in-charge of the case, had visited the state. He was however shocked when he visited the police station and requested for record and discovered that a page had been torn off.
Following the discovery, the DIG ordered the DCO and the officers in the state to be arrested and taken immediately to the Police Criminal Investigation Department cell in Abuja.
An unidentified source who spoke to Punch said; “A forensic analysis of the call logs of the DCO showed that he had made over 200 calls to Wadume over a few days. The startling revelations made the police leadership to wake up to the fact that the soldiers alone were not culpable or responsible for the killing of the IRT team.
“There seems to be a deeply entrenched criminal network and deep operational collaboration between the kidnap gangs in the area, the police at Ibi Division and some soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Takum, which would require a very comprehensive and painstaking investigation to unearth and dismantle,” the source said (as seen on Punch).
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