In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, June, 2020

Confessions Of Killer Troopers Malami Shields From Trial

Confessions Of Killer Soldiers Malami Shields From Trial

Tabara killings

Captain Tijjani Balarabe

ADELANI ADEPEGBA writes on the alleged involvement of 10 troopers within the killing of policemen, who had been assigned to arrest a kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu, in Taraba State, and the statements made by the troopers on the sitting of the joint investigation panel consisting of the military and the police personnel in 2019.

The curious resolution of the Lawyer-Basic of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN), to drop fees towards 10 troopers within the case involving an alleged Taraba State kidnapping kingpin, Bala Hamisu, may very well be described as a brazen try to make a mockery of the nation’s felony justice system

Hamisu, popularly often called Wadume, had in his assertion recognized his accomplices, together with 10 troopers and two policemen. They’re Captain Tijjani Balarabe; Workers Sgt. David Isaiah; Sgt. Ibrahim Mohammed; Corporal Bartholomew Obanye; Non-public Mohammed Nura; Lance Corporal Okorozie Gideon and Corporal Markus Michael.

Others are L/Corporal Nvenaweimoeimi Akpagra;  Workers Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, and Non-public Ebele Emmanuel, ASP Aondona Iorbee, and one Ahmad Suleiman (aka Dan Ball).

Wadume was allegedly assisted to flee on August 6, 2019, by the troopers hooked up to Battalion 93, Takum, led by Balarabe after the police workforce which arrested him got here underneath assault from the troops.

Three policemen and two civilians had been killed throughout the incident whereas 5 cops had been injured. The useless included Inspector Mark Ediale, 36, Sgt. Dahiru Musa, 40, Owolabi Babajide, 24, Farouk Bashir, 30, and Usman Danazumi, 44.

The post-mortem carried out on the Garki Hospital, Abuja, on August 15 and 16 by a workforce of pathologists led by AIG Wilson Akhiwu, indicated that the boys sustained bullet accidents.

Ediale’s demise was attributed to “hemorrhagic shock from lacerated stomach viscera and fractured vertebra brought on by a rifled gunshot to the trunk and gentle hypertensive heart problems.” Musa’s demise, in line with the pathologists, was brought on by a close-range rifle shot to the pinnacle.

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Listed as reveals within the case are the written statements of the defendants, images of the victims, post-mortem studies, six AK47 rifles recovered from the gang, three empty shells, one reside ammunition and 6 Volkswagen Sharon buses, and one (police) Toyota Hiace bus, amongst others.

The reveals additionally included the station diary of Ibbi police station and different paperwork; the decision logs exhibiting the telephone communication between Wadume, Balarabe and the cops at Ibbi police station.

Indications that the troopers could not face justice grew to become obvious following the refusal of the navy to hand them over to the police for interrogation. The troopers had been additionally not delivered to courtroom regardless of the March 16 order of Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, directing the Chief of Military Workers, Tukur Buratai, to provide them for arraignment.

Beneath are their roles within the incident and their statements on the joint investigation panel headed by Rear Admiral I.T. Olaiya, which had representatives  from the Nigerian Military, the Navy, Nigeria Police, the Division of State Service  and the Defence Intelligence Company

Capt. Tijjani Balarabe exchanges  191 telephone calls with Wadume, collects N200,000

Balarabe, 46, commanded the troops who attacked the Intelligence Response Workforce which was taking Wadume to the Taraba State police headquarters. Wadume was apprehended for killing his sufferer, Usman Garba, after receiving N106.3m ransom.

Police investigations confirmed that the military captain exchanged 191 telephone conversations with the kidnap kingpin between July 9 and August 6, 2019. In a single occasion, the logs confirmed that the 2 males exchanged 166 telephone calls.

Paperwork additionally confirmed that Wadume equally made a number of calls to the Ibbi Divisional Crime Officer. The navy officer in his assertion to the joint investigation panel set up by the Chief of Defence Workers admitted that Wadume was his good friend, noting that the alleged kingpin as soon as gave him fish price N50,000. Balarabe additionally stated that Wadume gave him N200,000 to restore a patrol van which was having mechanical issues.

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“The N200,000 he gave me is consequently of the challenges we had with the automobile for patrolling the neighborhood. The native authorities chairman repaired two patrol vans because the Battalion (navy) solely gave me N7,000 for 4 months for gasoline,” the captain said.

On the assault on the IRT workforce, the commander defined that he was knowledgeable by a resident that Wadume was kidnapped by unknown individuals in a bus, including that he radioed the troops on the checkpoints to intercept the policemen.

He added, “I interviewed one of many males who stated they had been despatched from Abuja to arrest Alhaji (Wadume). We moved the injured to the hospital and the DCO Wukari confirmed that they’re policemen.

“After I arrived at my camp, my troopers, DCO Ibbi, ASP Iorbee and a civilian had been eradicating from Alhaji. After eradicating , I requested Alhaji to ask the gang to depart in order that we are able to do our work.” Balarabe disclosed that he requested the DCO to change off his telephone to stop the navy police from reaching him.

There are studies that Balarabe has been rewarded with a course on the Armed Forces Command and Workers School, Jaji, the place he’s cooling off in a classroom as a substitute of answering onerous questions contained in the courtroom.

Isaiah arms over police rifle to Military captain

Nothing a lot was recognized about Isaiah, save the truth that he was a part of the troops who carried out the assaults on the policemen on Balarabe’s orders. He was stated to be near the captain and certainly one of his trusted henchmen.

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In his assertion, the sergeant who enlisted within the Military in 1994 stated he obtained a name from Balarabe directing him to intercept a Toyota Humber bus through which Wadume was kidnapped, including that he was amongst those that chased the bus which crashed.

He famous, “I found one AK47 rifle belonging to the bus occupants on the bottom and handed it over to my OC, Capt. Balarabe who ordered us to convey the accident victims to our camp. On reaching there, I noticed Alhaji Hamisu in handcuffs and our OC ordered us to chase approach the gang out of our camp.”

My OC requested me to file my dialog with DCO –Corporal Bartholomew Obanye

Obanye who joined the military as a recruit in his assertion defined that Balarabe directed him to ask Iorbee not to convey up the problem of on Wadume if he was requested. “There is a voice file of my dialog with the DCO as a result of my OC (Balarabe) requested me to file all my calls with him,” he said.

Murdered policemen recognized themselves –Corporal Micheal Markus

In his assertion to the JIP, Markus admitted that the IRT workforce recognized themselves as policemen, however did not tender any proof of identification.

The motive force said, “We noticed their automobile coming and we blocked it. Three of them got here down and stated they’re policemen; we requested them for his or her ID card however they entered into their bus and drove away. On reaching Gidanwaya, we noticed that the bus had somersaulted after which I heard gunshots from the facet of the bus.”


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