Tension as Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Akwa Ibom Judge, Driver, Kill Police Escort

Tension as Unknown Gunmen Kidnap Akwa Ibom Judge, Driver, Kill Police Escort

  • Gunmen kidnapped a high court judge in Oron local government area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom state, Justice Joy Uwanna, her driver
  • Justice Uwanna's police orderly was killed during the attack on Monday night, December 18, 2023
  • The NBA chairman, Oron branch, Torosco Eyene, confirmed the incident to the press on Tuesday, December 19

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Uyo, Akwa Ibom state - Unknown gunmen have kidnapped an Akwa Ibom state high court judge, Justice Joy Uwanna and her driver, killing her police escort in the process.

As reported by The Punch on Tuesday, December 19, the gunmen posed as vigilantes on the Uyo-Okobo road on Monday night, December 18, blocked the road and attacked Justice Uwanna who was returning from a court sitting in Oron.

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According to multiple media reports, Justice Joy Uwanna has been kidnapped. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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The gunmen were said to have opened fire and shot the policeman attached to the judge on the head and body. They were said to have whisked the judge and her driver away, and abandoned the slain policeman in the pool of blood, Daily Trust reported.

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The chairman Oron branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Torosco Eyene, confirmed the wicked attack, according to Leadership newspaper.

He said:

“The sitting Judge in Oron was kidnapped on Monday on her way back to Uyo after a court sitting. By 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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When contacted, Odiko Macdon, the police spokesperson in Akwa Ibom state, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the commissioner of police had ordered a discreet investigation into the matter.

His words:

“It’s very unfortunate. No stone will be left unturned, resources will be harness to ensure that her lordship is reunited to her family any moment from now.
“I have spoken with the family of the deceased officer who, until his death was an orderly to the judge. Justice will be served and the perpetrators will be brought to book."

Gunmen kill pastor in Plateau

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that suspected gunmen killed a pastor of the Church of Christ in Nation, Rev. Nicodemus Kim, and 20 others in coordinated attacks on four communities in Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau state.

The national publicity secretary of the Berom Youth Movement, Rwang Tengwong, who made this in a statement issued in Jos said Rev Kim was killed in Gana-Ropp community of Barkin Ladi, while others were killed in Rim, Jol, and Kwi communities of Riyom.

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Gunmen assassinate registrar of federal polytechnic

Legit.ng also reported that gunmen assassinated Innocent Obi, the deputy registrar of Federal Polytechnic, Uwana, Ebonyi state.

The assailants, believed to be Biafra agitators, attacked Obi at his home in the Ezeala/Ezike community in Umuezeala, Ehime Mbano LGA.

Gunmen shoot 3 Nasarawa poly students

In another related news, Legit.ng reported that gunmen shot three students of Isa Mustapha Agwai I Polytechnic in Lafia, Nasarawa state.

The assailants also abducted one female student, simply identified as Ajoke, an ND ll student of science laboratory technology.

Source: Legit.ng

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