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Kidnappers of Ondo high court judge demand N50m ransom

Kidnappers of a Federal High Court judge in Akure, Ondo State, Justice Abdul Dogo, have demanded a ransom of N50 million, Daily Trust gathered. Justice…

Kidnappers of a Federal High Court judge in Akure, Ondo State, Justice Abdul Dogo, have demanded a ransom of N50 million, Daily Trust gathered.

Justice Dogo was abducted on Tuesday by gunmen at a border town between Ondo and Edo states.

Justice Dogo was said to have been travelling back to Ondo State from Abuja, when the incident occurred.

Daily Trust learnt that he was kidnapped alongside his driver at Ibilo/Isua Akoko axis, a border area between Ondo and Edo states.

A source said that the kidnappers contacted his family members and officials of the Federal High Court in Akure and Abuja, and demanded a N50 million.

The Ondo State Police Command confirmed the abduction, but said it did not happen in the state.

A statement signed by the command’s spokesman, Mr Femi Joseph, stated that the incident took place at Ibilo in Edo State.

“However we are working in tandem with our colleagues in whose jurisdiction this incident happened to ensure that His Lordship is rescued unhurt and also apprehend the perpetrators”.

“We appeal to anyone with useful information that could lead to his rescue and the arrest of the culprits not to hesitate to let the police know, the statement said.

However, the command appealed to people in the state to go about their normal businesses, saying they are working to ensure that people in the state do not only enjoy this “ember” months but also enjoy a peaceful atmosphere throughout the forthcoming yuletide.

Speaking on the issue, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu lamented the spate of kidnappings in the country. According to him, this particular case is disturbing and of deep concern.

The governor, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Ojo Oyewamide, said all efforts must be made to rescue the judge alive.

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