Gunmen Kidnap Powerful Judge In Edo, The 2nd Kidnapping of Prominent Stakeholder on Same Day
- The president of the Igueben customary court in Edo state, Precious Aigbonoga, has been kidnapped on Monday by some unknown gunmen
- Aigbonoga will be the second prominent figure that will be abducted in the state on the same day after former lawmaker, Festus Edughele, was kidnapped
- The legal practitioner was kidnapped on her way to the court on Monday morning while Edughele was abducted on his way to Benin City to board a plane to Abuja
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In less than 24 hours, unknown gunmen kidnapped 2 prominent figures in Edo state, on Monday, January 9.
Precious Aigbonoga, the president of the Igueben area customary court, is the second kidnapping victim in the state on Monday, The Punch reported.
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Aigbonoga was reportedly kidnapped on Monday morning in the Ugoneki, while on his way to resume his duty at the court in the Igueben local government area of the state.
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Festus Usiobaifo, the publicity secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), disclosed the incident in a press statement on Monday.
Usiobaifo said the NBA is working closely with the state police command to ensure that the judge is released from the kidnappers.
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The statement reads in part:
“The President of Igueben Area Customary Court, Mrs Precious Aigbonoga, was kidnapped on Monday morning around Ugoneki area, on her way to court in Igueben Local Government Area, Edo State.
“She is the wife of our colleague, Mr. Afebu Aigbonoga, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Etsako West Constituency 1.
“The Chairman of the Lion Bar, Chief Nosa Edo-Osagie, is deeply saddened by this news and condemns, in strong terms, the worrisome insensitivity of these bandits in kidnapping Mrs. Precious Aigbonoga; an easygoing, gentle, and hardworking judicial officer.
“The executive of the NBA is in close touch with the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Dankwara. By the grace of God Almighty, His Honour shall be rescued unhurt, and the bandits brought to book, Amen.
“Let us keep His Honour in our prayers, please."
Tension springs up as gunmen kidnap former lawmaker
Legit.ng earlier reported that Festus Edughele, a former lawmaker in the Edo state house of assembly, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Monday, January 9.
The former lawmaker was reported to be travelling from Orhionmwon to Benin city, the state capital, to board a plane going to Abuja because he was kidnapped and taken to the bush.
Festus Ebea, a former speaker of the state house of assembly, confirmed the incident, adding that the police and family of the former colleagues are aware of his kidnap.