The Young Democratic Party (YDP) has dismissed speculations that Hamisu Wadume, the alleged kidnap kingpin sought for by the Nigeria Police Force, is a member of the party.
Ibrahim Rufun Jauro, the acting YDP National Publicity Secretary, made the rebuttal in a statement issued on Tuesday.
According to the party, its record does not indicate that Wadume was its member at any point in time.
It also refuted insinuations that the suspected kidnap contested an elective position in the 2019 general elections under its platform, describing such reports as “untrue”.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to unsubstantiated information circulating in the social media that one Alhaji Hamisu Wadume, an alleged kidnap kingpin who escaped from the custody of the Police while under arrest and during a disturbing confrontation between Police and Army officers in Ibi LGA a few days ago, is a member of the YDP and contested the Taraba State House of Assembly under our party’s flag in 2019.
“The YDP wishes to state categorically that two party members from Ibi LG procured EOI/Nomination forms for the position of member, Taraba State House of Assembly and Alhaji Hamisu Wadume was not one of them.
“We have no record of his membership whatsoever.
“Members of the public are hereby asked to disregard the posts and other information linking the alleged suspect to the YDP.”
The party called on the security agencies to investigate the circumstances behind his sudden disappearance in Ibi, Taraba State, and bring all those culpable to justice, “especially at this time when insecurity is at its peak.”
Wadume reportedly escaped from arrest last week when operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police and soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Takum, clashed in Ibi, along the Ibi-Jalingo road.
The incident led to the death of three IRT operatives- Inspector Mark Ediale and Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa.
The police subsequently accused the soldiers of releasing Wadume, whom it described as a “millionaire kidnapper”, without proper investigation.
The Defence Headquarters, directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the incident, has reportedly asked the 93 Battalion, Takum, to produce Wadume.