SWITZERLAND, JUNE 9 – Over 8 months after he was arrested, the Federal government on Monday, June 8, arraigned suspected kidnap kingpin in Taraba State, Hamisu Bala, popularly known as Wadume before the Federal High Court on charges of terrorism.
The arraignment came barely few days after the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice took over prosecution of the case from the police.
Wadume was arrested by the police in August last year for alleged kidnapping.
His arrest, earlier, had led to the killing of three policemen and a civilian in Taraba State with some military officers accused of aiding him.
Attempts by the police to arraign the defendants since February had not been successful owing to the alleged refusal of the military authorities to release other defendants who are military personnel in the 16-count criminal charge.
However, the AGF finally succeeded yesterday after amending the charges to 13 and bordering on “terrorism, kidnapping, continual to detain and collection of a ransom of N106million.”
The AGF also reduced the defendants to seven from the initial 20.
Those arraigned alongside Wadume include: (a police inspector), Aliyu Dadje, Auwalu Bala (aka Omo Razor), Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu) Bashir Wazlri (aka Baba Runs), Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) and Rayyanu Abdul.