CRIME & COURT

Bandits who demanded ₦300m ransom frees victims after 15 days

By Babajide Adekunle

Bandits, who had initially kidnapped a customary court judge, Janet Gimba, and her four children, have released the remaining three victims in their captivity. The bandits had demanded ₦300 million as ransom for their release.

The had released the judge on July 4 and had murdered her eldest son —14 years old —apparently to raise their fears and force them into making the payment. The judge had revealed upon her release that the assailants reduced the ransom to ₦150 million.

It has now been confirmed that the three remaining children of the judge have equally regained their freedom, after spending 15 days in their captors’ den.

Godwin Ochai, chairman of the Kaduna branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), confirmed the children’s release on Tuesday. He however didn’t confirm whether a ransom was paid before their release.

TheCornet reports that the assailants broke into the judge’s house and whisked her and her children to an unknown location.

Kidnapping for ransom has become a lucrative business in Nigeria.

Recently, the Lagos police command had foiled a kidnap attempt at Ladipo Auto Parts Market, killing nine of the criminals.

Read also: Kidnapped medical doctors in captivity six months after, NMA cries out

Read also: 79-year-old philanthropist kidnapped

While the police has recorded some successes in few instances, many kidnapping cases remained unresolved.

 

 

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