- A judge has been kidnapped inside a court in Katsina state
- The judge was forcefully taken away by armed men suspected to be bandits
- It is not clear why the court was having a session while judiciary workers all over Nigeria are on strike
Daily Trust is reporting that gunmen have abducted a judge at a Sharia court in Bauren Zakat village in Safana local government area of Katsina state.
Witnesses quoted in the report stated that the attackers broke into the court around 3 pm on Tuesday, May 18, and abducted the judge identified as Alhaji Husaini Sama’ila.
It is not clear why the judge was in court during the industrial action embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria.
Some Nigerians on social media have been reacting to the abduction of the judge.
Jessie Oweredaba wrote on Facebook:
“This can only happen in a failed state like ours. Instead of the shameless presidency admitting monumental failure, they will sponsor their people to tell us how cow has more value than oil, how Bayelsa oil belongs to them. What is happening in this country will not even happen at the zoo.”
Ocha Godswill wrote:
“This security issue is getting out of hand. Mr. President should come out and make a nationwide broadcast.”
Segun Chesko Adebayo wrote:
“If kidnappers can enter the court and kidnap a judge, that means Nigeria is no longer a safe place for its citizens.”
Sanusi Alti wrote:
“All is not well in Nigeria, more especially in the north, but our people are busy defending this failed government.”
Lawal Salisu wrote:
“So even the judges are not safe? Maybe from now, the judgement for kidnapping will be severe.”
Daniel Balogun wrote on Twitter:
“This is phenomenal. Insecurity in the temple of justice?”
Chijiоke Ekwulu wrote:
“Anything and everything is possible under the APC regime.”
Elayne Okaya wrote:
“As shocking as this is, nothing I see about Nigeria shocks me anymore. I’m now a shock absorber.”
Meanwhile, at least 11 persons, including an infant, abducted from the Jibia mosque in Katsina state have regained freedom.
The worshippers were earlier abducted on Monday, May 11, at a mosque located in the outskirt of Jibiya town of Katsina state while observing midnight prayers.
The victims escaped from their abductors on Wednesday, May 13, in Zurmi local government area of the neighboring Zamfara state.
Recall that the Nigerian Army had earlier announced that it will collaborate with its counterparts in the Niger Republic to track the bandits who kidnapped the worshippers.
A statement signed by army spokesman, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima and seen by Legit.ng, said the army was collaborating with the Niger Republic military to track the kidnappers, with a view to rescuing the victims.