Residents of Ibi the home town of Hamisu Wadume on Tuesday expressed mixed feelings over the suspected kidnapper’s re-arrest.
While the former caretaker chairman of Ibi Local Government Area of the state, Johnson Adasho, said the arrest was a great relief because security operatives that had laid siege to the town would leave, other residents said they would miss Hamisu’s generosity.
Adasho said the traditional, religious and the community leaders had been living with fear following the indiscriminate arrest of the people of Ibi over Wadume’s escape.
“Now that the man in the eye of the storm has been arrested, we will have some relief. We will also wait in good faith to know the true state of the allegations against him,” he said.
But Alhaji Yahaya Maikifi said the suspected kidnapper’s arrest was not good news to the people of Angwan Motori in Serkin Kudu area of Ibi and other people who were beneficiaries of Hamisu’s generosity.
Yahaya said Hamisu was a benevolent philanthropist that did not discriminate based on ethnicity or religion.
“Wadume is constructing a mosque in our area. The project is almost completed and his arrest will stall the project,” he said.
Another resident, Mr Michael Adi, said the borehole Wadume just drilled at Serkin Kudu in the Ibi Local Government Area 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, Wadume 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.