By: Wale Ibrahim,Lokoja
A Magistrate with Kogi State Judiciary, Mr Sam Unwuchola has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Ajaokuta-Lokoja road.
An eye-witness who prefers anonymity, the magistrate who was returning from Onyedega, his station, in the company of a friend, was kidnapped at Jimgbe, near Salem University, Lokoja at about 7pm Thursday.
The eye witness said the Magistrate and his friend ran into the hoodlums who opened fire on them forcing them to stop.
The bandits, according to him, shot at the Magistrate’s friend who was on the passenger’s seat adding that the bullet had almost reaped off the left eye but the cheek bones were however not too lucky as they were shattered.
The wounded friend of Unwuchola whose identity is not immediately known, he added, was rushed to an undisclosed medical facility in Lokoja for treatment.
Confirming the incident, an authoritative source from the state judiciary told the journalists that the kidnappers had gotten in touch with the wife of the kidnapped magistrate and demanded N100 million ransom.
Mrs Unwuchola was said to have pleaded with the kidnappers to have mercy on her asking where the family would get the money from and the kidnappers cut the line on her.
When Contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Mr Ali Janga said the police was still investigating the matter.
Unwuchola who is a 2002 Law graduate of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma is currently the President, Upper Area Court, Onyedega, Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.