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Kidnapped Kogi High Court judge released

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Justice Samuel Obayomi of the Kogi High Court, who was abducted May 25, has been released, after spending 34 days with his captors.

Samuel Ogunjemilusi, the Commissioner of Police in Kogi, who confirmed the release of the Judge, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lokoja that Mr. Obayomi was released Saturday night between 10:00 and 11:30pm.

Mr. Ogunjemilusi, who did not say where and how the judge was released, or if any ransom was paid, said the victim was yet to be released to his family, although he had been taken to safety.

The Chief Judge of the state, Nasir Ajanah, who also confirmed the release in a telephone interview with NAN, expressed gratitude to God.

“We thank God for his release but I cannot give you more information than you already have,” he said.

Mr. Obayomi, the resident High Court Judge of Ebogogo in Adavi Local Government of Kogi, was kidnapped on his way to the office on Monday, May 25, at about 8:45 am, by a three-member gang, all dressed in black.

The victim, whose police orderly, Usman Musa, was shot dead on the spot, was driven away in his Toyota Yaris car from the scene in GRA, Okene.

The abductors demanded N150 million ransom for his release.

The judge was abducted just after he was discharged from the hospital, after three months on admission, following his involvement in a fatal automobile accident.

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