Wadume: Police interrogate politicians, arrest more suspects in Taraba

Wadume: Police interrogate politicians, arrest more suspects in Taraba

Two prominent politicians in Taraba State are being interrogated by the Nigeria police in connection with the arrested kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala Wadume. The suspects are a former Special Adviser to the Government of Taraba on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Alhaji Salejo Damburan, and a serving Councillor in Jalingo LGA Alhaji Shagari Umar. The Intelligence

Two prominent politicians in Taraba State are being interrogated by the Nigeria police in connection with the arrested kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala Wadume.

HAMISU BALA WADUME

The suspects are a former Special Adviser to the Government of Taraba on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Alhaji Salejo Damburan, and a serving Councillor in Jalingo LGA Alhaji Shagari Umar.

The Intelligence Response Teams (IRT) from Force Headquarters in Abuja which earlier arrested Wadume in the ill-fated attack by soldiers in Taraba State where two policemen and a Civilian were killed last month, has equally arrested additional suspects linked to the attack.

The Sun Newspaper quoted a reliable police source as saying that Fuski Angulu, who hails from Takum LGA of the State.

He is alleged to be behind most of the cases of kidnapping and armed robbery in Southern Taraba while Idi Shaidan who allegedly operates around Jalingo has also been arrested.

The source also said more suspects in Jalingo and Takum Local Government areas of Taraba State.

According to the police source, Damburam, Shagari, and one Sunday Kona were subsequently arrested and interrogated by the IRT police team and their houses searched.

It was gathered that Alhaji Salejo Damburam and Alhaji Shagari Umar were released on bail while Idi Shaidan, Sunday Kona  and some members of their gang numbering about seven were taken to Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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Our Correspondent gathered that a Toyota Hilux and 406 Peugeot car belonging to Damburam and Shagari, including a Hummer Bus alleged to be the operational vehicle of Fuski Angulu were conveyed to the Force Headquarters, Abuja by members of the IRT team.

Speaking to journalists in Jalingo on Friday, the former Special Adviser on MDGs denied allegations of his involvement in any criminal activities.

He however, confirmed his arrest by the members IRT, adding that he was released two hours later after obtaining his written statement.

Damburam admitted that he knew Idi Shaidan as one of the boys that had been terrorising his house and his water company in Jalingo.

He disclosed that he had reported Idi Shaidan to the Directorate of State Service (DSS) and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Jalingoon several occasions, but Idi vowed to implicate him.

He dismissed as false, the claim by Idi Shaidan that he supplied them with guns and operational vehicles.

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