- Justice Donatus Yantau Shidda, president of the customary court, has been kidnapped in Taraba state
- Shidda was reportedly kidnapped in the early hours of Monday morning, June 8
- A family source said the senior judge was abducted in his house in the Kona area of Jalingo, Taraba state capital
The president of the customary court, Justice Donatus Yantau Shidda, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen in Taraba state.
The Nation reports that Justice Shidda was said to be taken in the early hours of Monday morning, June 8.
A family member was also quoted to have said that Justice Shiddas's wife was present at the time he was abducted in his house in the Kona area of Jalingo, Taraba state capital.
According to the statement released by the force's public relation officer, DCP Frank Mba and obtained by Legit.ng, the suspects, three brothers, lured the victim, Janet Nnenna Ogbonnaya, through Facebook and killed her.
He gave their names as Johnson Emmanuel (38), Gideon Emmanuel (31) and Success Emmanuel (27).
Mba said the suspects were apprehended in their hometown by the squad of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) barely a month after the 55-year-old victim, a citizen of Benue state, was lured to death.
He further explained that the force set action on move following a distress complaint by one by the children of the victim, Chinedu Ogbonnaya, alleging that his mother was kidnapped.
The police PRO said the suspects, upon their arrest and interrogation, confessed to killing the victim.
He added that the three suspects also admitted to burying her remains in a septic tank and using her phone to call her family to demand N5 million ransom.
Mba said further investigation led to where the victim’s decomposing body was exhumed from a septic tank.
The victim, a widow, was a Facebook friend of the principal suspect, Johnson Emmanuel, who tempted her to his home in Gwagwalada.
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