Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Wednesday abducted Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme of the Federal Court of Appeal, Benin Division.
The gunmen also killed her police orderly before taking Justice Nwosu-Iheme away to an unknown destination.
Justice Nkechi Nwosu-Iheme is the chairman of the three-man panel sitting on the appeals arising from the 2019 State and National Assembly elections in Edo State.
An eyewitness said she was in her car when she was abducted at Benin-Agbor road near Christ Chosen Church.
It was gathered that the four gunmen in a Toyota vehicle suddenly overtook Nwosu-Iheme’s car and immediately opened fire, killing her police orderly on the spot.
The suspected kidnappers then shot one of the tyres of the jeep forcing the driver to stop while the Justice was hurriedly whisked into the hoodlums’ vehicle to an unknown destination.
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Danmallam Mohammed who confirmed the incident said attempts are on by the police to rescue her.
“A Justice was kidnapped today in Benin City but security measures are in place to rescue her and bring the hoodlums to book by the power of the Almighty God.”
The kidnap of Justice Nwosu-Iheme is coming barely weeks after gunmen kidnapped the Chief Medical Director of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Prof. Sylvanus Okogbeini, the wife of Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC Director, Mrs. Francisca Okhiria and a school principal who sustained injuries and whose orderly was also killed in a foiled kidnap attempt.
Both the CMD of Irua Specialist Teaching Hospital and the wife of the Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation have been released.