Suspected gunmen kidnap Appeal Court judge, kill her orderly

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Justice Chioma Nwosu

Justice Chioma Nwosu of the Court of Appeal, Benin division, has been kidnapped by suspected gunmen in Benin,  Edo State.

The police orderly accompanying her, Inspector A. I. Momoh, was killed by the gunmen before taking her away. The driver of the vehicle was also seriously injured.

It was gathered that the four gunmen, trailed Nwosu’s car from Ramat Park end of the Benin-Agbor Road in their Toyota Voltron and blocked her vehicle around Christ Chosen Church of God International.

A witness who craved anonymity, said that immediately after blocking the judge, the hoodlums shot the tyre of her Toyota SUV, forcing it to a halt.

The source added that the gunmen also opened fire on the police orderly, killing him on the spot, before whisking away the female judge to unknown destination, in their own car.

The State Police Command spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident.

According to him, “The incident occurred today at about 11.30am, along Benin-Agbor express way, by Christ Chosen Church of God International.

“The victim, Justice Chioma Nwosu was attacked, while the police orderly attached to her, Inspector A. I. Momoh, was murdered and the driver of the vehicle severely injured and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

“Immediately, the police operatives at Ikpoba Hill Divisional Police headquarters, the tactical team of Edo state command and other relevant sections swung into action, but unfortunately, they got away with it.

“Investigation is ongoing and by the grace of God, Justice Chioma Nwosu will be rescued unhurt.”

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