A Sharia Court judge in Allawa town, Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
Alhaji Jibrin was abducted at Jerimniya village, a few kilometres to Pandogari by 18 heavily armed people among them some women at about 6.05pm on Thursday. The victim was returning to Pandogari after presiding over his court in Allawa.
According to eyewitnesses, immediately the judge was abducted, he was forced into a vehicle and taken to an unknown destination.
It was also gathered that the abductors have already demanded a ransom of N50 million before the judge could be released.
The kidnap of the judge came barely three days after three people were reportedly killed and seven others kidnapped in the same community.
The Deputy Registrar, Sharia Court of Appeal, Niger State, Alhaji Sanusi Bobi said the kidnappers have demanded for N20 million as ransom before they release Mohammed.
Confirming this report, the Police Public Relation Office (PPRO), ASP Abubakar Muhammad Dan Inna said that police have commenced full investigation into the abduction of the judge with a view to rescuing him. He said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Dibal Paul Yakadi has directed the Anti-Kidnapping Squad of the command to rescue the judge.
The kidnapping is coming three days after seven people were kidnapped, and three others killed, along the same road.
The district head said that the entire community now lives under fear, following the activities of the armed criminals in the area.