Kidnapped Kogi Judge Regains Freedom 34 Days After | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Kidnapped Kogi Judge Regains Freedom 34 Days After

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 at 9:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A High Court Judge in Kogi State, Justice Samuel Obayomi, who was kidnapped by three gunmen on Monday, May 25, 2015 has been released.

His release on Satruday, June27, 2015 night came after 34 days in the kidnappers’ den.

Obayomi, a resident High Court Judge of Ebogogo in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State, was kidnapped at about 8.45am on that fateful day on his way to work by the gang, who were reportedly dressed in black.

During the operation, the judge’s police orderly, Usman Musa, was shot dead, while the kidnappers drove away the judge in his Toyota Yaris car.

The gang later demanded N150 million ransom for the judge’s release.

In protest against the continued captivity of the judge, lawyers in the state withdrew their services from the courts.

The state governor, Capt. Idris Wada (rtd), later promised a N5million reward to anybody who could provide useful information that would leading to the rescue of the judge.

But, on Sunday, the state Commissioner of Police, Samuel Ogunjemilusi, told journalists in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, that Obayomi was released on  Saturday between 10 and 11.30 pm.

He stated that the released judge had been taken to a safe place, but was yet to be released to his family.

The CP, however, declined information on how and where the judge was released.

He also declined to say whether any ransom was paid or not.

Also, the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, confirmed the release of the judge.

“The kidnapped judge has been released. We thank God for that, but I cannot give you more information than you already have,” Ajanah said.