Residents of Ibi the home town of the fleeing kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala (Wadume) on Wednesday expressed mixed feelings over the arrest of Hamisu in Kano.
Hamisu, the suspected kingpin was picked on Monday evening at Lai Mai, in Alo Holo area of Kano state by the IGP Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
While Hon. Adashos Johnson, the former caretaker chairman of Ibi Local Government Council said the arrest of the suspected kidnap kingpin was good as it will lift the siege on the town by security agencies, other residents said they will miss Hamisu’s generosity.
Adasho said both the traditional leaders, the religious leaders and the community leaders were living under fear following the indiscriminate arrest of the people of Ibi over the escape of Hamisu Bala.
“Now that the man in the eye of the storm has been arrested, we will have a relief.
“We will also wait in good faith to know the true state of the allegations against him.”
But Alhaji Yahaya Maikifi Ibi said the arrest of Hamisu Bala was not a good news to the people of Angwan Motori in Serkin Kudu area of Ibi in Taraba state and other people who were benficiaries of Hamisu’s generosity.
Yahaya said Hamisu was a benevolent philanthropist that did not discriminate base on ethnicity, religion or tribe.
“Wandume is constructing a Mosque in our area. The project is almost completely and his arrest will stall the project,” he said.
Another resident Mr. Micheal Adi said the borehole project just drilled by Hamisu at Serkin Kudu area of Ibi local government would be a memorable project by the people of the area.
“I wish you were here to see the mood of the people, nobody is happy over the development, let’s be truthful to ourselves, Hamisu has done well with the people of Ibi and beyond, for some of us here, he has done well by eliminating poverty out of some families,”he said.