Nigerian Judge Kidnapped During Court

Unknown gunmen have abducted a judge in Nigeria’s northwestern state, police confirmed Tuesday. 

The judge, Alhaji Husaini Sama’ila was abducted from a Sharia Court in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State around 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. 

It is unclear why the judge was in the Bauren Zakat village courthouse as judicial workers in the state are still observing a nationwide strike directed by their national union. The spokesman for the Katsina police, Gambo Isah, revealed the judge did not request police protection while going to the village. 

He also said the court had been relocated to Safana town due to security concerns at the village. 

The spokesman confirmed an investigation into the incident has begun. 

Katsina is one of the states most affected by terrorism and banditry in Nigeria’s northwest region. 

On December 11, 2020, bandits kidnapped 344 students of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara. They were released almost a week later. 

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