Nigerian News

Gunmen kidnap High Court judge

A high court judge in Akwa Ibom state, Justice Joy Uwanna and her driver have reportedly been kidnapped in Oron Local Government Area.

It was gathered that gunmen on Monday attacked the judge while she was being transported along Uyo-Okobo road and they killed her orderly.

Chairman of the Oron branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Toroscho Eyene confirmed the incident on Tuesday. He said Uwanna was heading to Uyo after a court sitting.

He disclosed that members of the association have scheduled a meeting with the State Commissioner of Police and the Department of State Services, DSS on Wednesday.

The chairman said; “Yes, the sitting Judge in Oron was kidnapped yesterday (Monday) on her way back to Uyo after a court sitting. By tomorrow, Wednesday, we are moving down to Uyo to meet with the Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durusinmi and the DSS on the issue.”

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CorrectNG recalls that earlier this year, suspected bandits kidnapped Zainab Abbas, the wife of a High Court judge in Adamawa state.

Adamawa State Police Command spokesperson, SP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the abduction. The Nyibango neighborhood is adjacent to the 23 brigade of the Nigerian Army headquarters in Yola, the capital of the state.

Nguroje said; The victim was kidnapped at her residence behind Royal Ambassadors Hotel in the Nyibango neighbourhood.

The Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, CP Afolabi Babatola, deployed operatives of the command, drawn from the Crack Squad, Special Rapid Response Team (SRRT) and other tactical squads to carry out a tactical and intelligence driven rescue operation on criminal hideouts and black spots to rescue the kidnapped wife of the High Court Judge, arrest the kidnappers and their collaborators that are bent to fomenting troubles in the state.