Kidnap Kingpin Wadume Says He Worked For APC
says the party gave him N13m for the last election.
The arrested kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala Read popularly known as Wadume has confessed that he worked for both All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.
The suspect confessed to this while being interrogated by detectives, according to The New Telegraph report.
Wadume said the APC gave him N13 million for the February 23 presidential election.
The suspect was arrested by Intelligence response team (IRT) but the Nigeria soldiers opened fire on the team, killing three policemen and a civilian.
He was later rearrested by the Kano police.
The kingpin did not, however, give the details of what the APC gave him the money to be spent on.
He confessed that he duped some politicians by lying to have spiritual powers he could use to win elections.
He named the governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku as one of the APC politicians who gave him money during the last election.
He claimed he collected N6m from the governor.
“I went into crime after some politicians approached me through a friend, Babaginda Musa. My friend was into fishing too. I was introduced into politics by Honourable Haruna Maintable, who contested for the state house of assembly during the 2015 general elections,” Wadume said.
“He gave me vehicle and I campaigned for him. He won and later gave me N300, 000 and the vehicle we used in the campaign.
“I was also given N13 million by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pursue the 2019 presidential election. I spent only N7 million.”
Wadume contested the Taraba State house of assembly election on the platform of Young Democratic Party (YDP) but later pulled out to support candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Nation reports that Wadume fingered some Nigerian soldiers in his confession.
He said he avoided arrest over the years because he paid soldiers at each checkpoint N20,000.
A police source disclosed that Wadume’s boys, ‘Babaruns’ and ‘Zubairu’ called their army buddy that their boss was arrested by some police officers. The soldiers ordered his boys to rescue the suspect and later took him to his house where he invited a welder to remove the handcuffs.
An online medium, TheCable says it contacted the APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu to comment on the development but he claimed ignorance of the transaction.
“I don’t know anything about that. When I have the full details, I’d know whether to respond or not. I haven’t heard anything like that,” he said.
“And I also understand he is under investigation, so we should allow the police do their job.”