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Police Confirm Abduction Of Sharia Judge In Northwest Nigeria

The Katsina State Police Command, Northwest Nigeria, has confirmed the abduction of a Sharia Court Judge by an armed group on Tuesday evening.

Gambo Isah, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer,  told reporters on Wednesday, May 19, that the incident occurred around 3:00 p.m. (WAT) on Tuesday in the old court premises located between Baure and Zakka villages in Safana Local Government Area of the state.

Isah explained that it was not clear why the judge went to the old court area without security cover because the court has already been moved to Safana, a relatively peaceful environment, due to security challenges.

According to him, all courts in the state had been under lock and key due to the strike by judiciary workers.

“Yes, it is true that the judge, Hussaini Samaila has been abducted while the courts are on strike. The court had stopped sitting in that area for long,” the Police spokesperson said.

“The judge went to the area alone to take something in the court without a court orderly or police escort, knowing fully the insecurity challenges in that area. Even if he has to go there, he should have asked for security cover and we would have given him considering his position. We are investigating the issue to find out the reality, and why he should put himself in such danger.”

Katsina State has continued to see rising insecurity with vicious attacks on local communities and kidnapping of people by criminal groups in the Northwest region.

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