Bandits Release Kaduna Judge, Kill Eldest Son, Keep Others

A judge of the Upper Customary Court in Kaduna State, Janet Gimba, was released on Thursday by bandits who abducted her and her four children.

However, her children remain in captivity, according to her husband, Dr. Musa Gimba.

Gimba, a medical practitioner, revealed that the kidnappers are demanding a ransom of N150m for the release of the remaining children. The bandits have issued a three-day ultimatum, threatening to kill the children if the ransom is not paid.

In a tragic development, however, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, confirmed that the judge’s 14-year-old son, Victor, was killed by the abductors.

Victor’s body was discovered at Ungwan Bayero, Duste village, near the toll gate along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway on Tuesday, July 2, 2024.

ASP Hassan stated that the police command, in collaboration with other security agencies, is working tirelessly to rescue the remaining victims and apprehend the perpetrators.

The kidnapping occurred on Sunday, as reported by human rights lawyer Gloria Ballason, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the House of Justice.

According to Ballason, approximately 15 armed individuals carried out the abduction.

She condemned the murder of Victor as “grisly and blood-curdling,” adding that no parent should endure the horror of witnessing their child’s execution in such a callous manner.

Ballason called upon Nigerian security agencies, the Governor of Kaduna State, the Nigerian Bar Association, and the Judiciary to take urgent action to protect the lives of the judge and her children and ensure justice is served.

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