Kaduna Judge Abduction: Terrorists demand #300m Ransom to Release Judge; Kills Eldest Son

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The Chief Executive Officer of the House of Justice, Gloria Mabeiam Ballason Esq, has in a statement, “condemned the abduction of a Customary Court Judge, HW Janet Galadima, and her four children as well as the grisly murder of her 14-year old son by the terrorists.” she said, the kidnappers stormed the residence of the judge at night while her medical doctor husband was away on duty.

“The abductors reported to have been about fifteen, took their captives hostage and demanded a huge sum as ransom. On Tuesday 2 July 2024, the terrorists shot dead the 14-year first son of the Judge when the ransom demanded could not be obtained.”

Ballason condemned the abduction and murder in the strongest possible terms stating that judicial officers
under Article 7 of the United Nations Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary, deserve protection and adequate security to enable them carry out their judicial functions and that the Nigerian State has a Constitutional mandate under Section 33 and 14 (2)b of the 1999 Constitution to guarantee and ensure the safety of the Judge, her family and all citizens.

She called on the Nigerian security agencies, the Governor of Kaduna state, the Nigeria Bar Association and the Judiciary to rise to the urgency of the moment for the protection of lives of His Worship, Janet Galadima and her children and to ensure justice is served. She described the murder of Victor, the 14-year old son of the Judge as ‘grisly and blood curdling ‘ stating that no parent deserves the horror of watching their child being killed in such cold, callous manner.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kaduna State chapter in a statement issued by Dr Shuaibu Joga,the PRO, said it was received with rude shock the turn of events regarding to one of their members whose wife and 4 children were kidnapped on 23/06/2024 at his residence while he was away in Kano for an official assignment.

” Following the incident we visited and interacted with him and he informed us that the kidnappers had made a demand of N300 million to secure their release. While the security agencies had been informed and negotiations with the kidnappers ongoing, we received the shocking news today that the first son was killed to force payment of the said sum.”

” Dr. Musa is a civil servant working for the state primary healthcare board and his wife Janet is a magistrate with Kaduna state customary court. They do not have the funds and despite all efforts he has not been able to raise the ransom. Worrying still, the kidnappers are still demanding N298m and threatening more violence, consequently we are increasingly fearful for his wife and remaining 3 children who remain in their clutches.

“Although the Kaduna State Government, security agencies as well as Nigeria Medical and Bar Associations are aware, they have not been fruitful in their efforts.”


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