ASP Aondona Iorbee, a former Divisional Crime Officer in charge of the Ibbi Police State, has revealed that Taraba millionaire kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume), was a close friend of Capt. Tijjani Balarabe.
Capt. Balarabe was the Army Officer who ordered his soldiers to attack policemen who apprehended Wadume. Naija Buzz News reported that 3 policemen and 2 civilians were killed by the soldiers.
Iorbee who was dismissed by the Nigeria Police from service for aiding the escape of Wadume noted that the Capt. had asked him for keys to remove the handcuffs on Wadume.
This revelation was contained in his August 14, 2019 statement to the Joint Investigation Panel set up by the Chief of Defence Staff.
The ASP further alleged that Balarabe pressured him to deny seeing Wadume in handcuffs.
However, investigation by the police revealed that Iorbee assisted in removing the handcuffs. Call logs also revealed that he had over 200 phone calls with Wadume.
Wadume in his statement also identified Iorbee, Capt. Balarabe and the soldiers of Nigerian Army 93 Battalion, Tukum, as his accomplices.
There was anger recently after the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), took over the case and dropped the charges against the soldiers without explanation.
Read ASP Iorbee’s statement below in parts; “On Thursday, August 7, 2019, around 05:30 hours, Capt. Balarabe called me with phone number, 07038589262 to tell me to deny seeing the suspect (Wadume) in handcuffs and one of his boys called me with phone number 08032207716, also asking me to deny that they asked me for handcuffs’ key.
“The captain called me back by 17:04 hours to tell me to switch off my phone which I declined. Wadume has never visited me in my lodge but he has been visiting the captain in his lodge and I have seen them together on a couple of occasions.
“Rumours have it that he bought the captain a red Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUV which I have seen,” he added.
“I never conspire with Balarabe to hide his (Wadume’s) assets such as cars; I am not on Wadume’s payroll but he gave me N20,000 when a friend asked him to give me a loan, but he said I should not bother repaying him.
“When I saw him in handcuffs, I called for the keys because the soldiers painted the picture that he was actually kidnapped,” he stated.
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