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One of the foremost judges, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja has slammed a seven-year jail term on alleged kidnap kingpin, Mr Hamisu Bala, aka Wadume for his wrongdoings.
Justice Nyako had handed down most of the sentences after she had found him guilty of charges relating to escaping from lawful custody, as well as illegal dealings in prohibited firearms.
Besides Wadume, the court had also slammed down jail terms on Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu) and Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) for seven years each, while Aliyu Dadje, an Inspector of Police, bagged three years. They and three others were all arraigned on a 13-count criminal charge bordering on unlawful possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition and tampering with documents, amongst others.
They were in 2020 arraigned by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) on behalf of the federal government.
The remaining defendants in the case marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/30/2020 are: Auwalu Bala (aka omo razor), Bashir Waziri (aka baba runs) and Rayyanu Abdul.
Delivering judgment on July 22, the court upheld the case of the prosecution team, which included Mr Labaran Magaji and Mrs. Yetunde Cole, as it relates to five out of the seven defendants.
While the court found Wadume guilty on counts two and 10, it convicted and sentenced Uba Bala (aka Uba Delu) and Zubairu Abdullahi (aka Basho) on counts three, four, five, six and 11.
Bala and Abdullahi, in the four counts, were charged with illegal possession and unlawful dealing in prohibited firearms and ammunition.
In another report, some thirty-five persons who had been abducted by bandits three weeks ago at Keke B Millennium City, Kaduna State have regained their freedom.
It can be recalled that some unidentified gunmen who have been suspected to be bandits had on Monday July 25, 2022, abducted some 35 People from Kaduna Millenium City.
Although nothing had been heard about the victims, relatives had been making frantic efforts to reach out to their captors.
However, out of 36 being abducted, 35 victims were released on Saturday.