Notorious billionaire kidnap kingpin Hamisu Bala popularly known as Wadume has confessed that soldiers aided his escape on August 6 after he was nabbed by police detectives.

In a development that triggered national outrage, two of the detectives attached to the special anti-kidnap squad of the Inspector General of Police and a civilian were killed when soldiers opened fire on them.

Wadume, who has since been re-arrested by police detectives in a hideout in Kano, confessed in a video obtained by the Nation during interrogation that soldiers assisted him to escape.

In the 41-second clip, Wadume, who spoke in Hausa, said: “I am Hamisu Bala also known as Wadume. The police came to Ibi and arrested me.

“After arresting me, they were taking away when soldiers went after them and opened fire and some policemen were killed.

“From there the soldiers took me to their headquarters and cut off the handcuffs on my hands and I ran away.

“Since I ran away, I have been hiding until now that the police arrested me.”

In the wake of the numbing attack on policemen by soldiers, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a high-profile investigation into the matter.

The investigative panel’s report is expected next week.

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