Nigeria’s police chief on Tuesday confirmed that a suspected kidnap kingpin who had been on the run was re-arrested by the operatives of the Nigeria Police.

The suspect, Hamisu Bala, was re-arrested late Monday by a special investigative unit of the police in his hideout in the northern state of Kano, according to a statement by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu.

The Police had been on the massive manhunt for Hamisu Bala since Aug. 6, following the incident in Ibi, Taraba State which resulted in the brutal murder of three police officers, two civilians, and injury to five others, said the statement.

The suspect, who was restrained at the time of the incident, was subsequently released by his “rescuers” after they destroyed the restraining handcuffs.

The kidnap suspect, also known as Wadume, had been on the run after he escaped from the police’s net.

“The re-arrest of Wadume will help in bringing answers to the numerous but hitherto unanswered questions touching on the incident and the larger criminal enterprise of the suspect,” said the Nigerian police chief.

The suspect is said to have organized many high-profile kidnapping in the country. Enditem

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