Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Kogi chapter has embarked on a three-day sympathy strike to protest the abduction of Justice Samuel Obayomi of the state High Court, Ebogogo. In a communiqué issued at the end of its emergency State Executive Council (SEC) meeting signed by its chairman, Daniel Adinoyi and secretary, Aminu, JUSUN condemned the spate of kidnapping in the state “In totality.”
The union said that it was worried over the spate of attack on the judges, recalling that Justice Moses Gwatana of High Court, Ihima was attacked and shot at by unknown gunmen in 2013. “That the union condemns in totality the abduction of Hon. Justice Samuel Obayomi of the High Court of Justice, Ebogogo by unknown gunmen on 25th day of May, 2015. “In view of the above, the SEC in Session resolved to embark on three days sympathy strike with effect from 3rd day of June, 2015 to 6th June, 2015”, the communiqué said.
It also called on Kogi government and security agencies in the state to expedite action on measures being taken to secure the release of Justice Obayomi. JUSUN also urged that adequate security measures be provided for all judicial officers. THE UNION reports that Obayomi was kidnapped on May 25, 2015 on his way to the office by a gang of three armed men who took him away in his Toyota Yaris car and killed his orderly, Cpl Usman Musa on the spot. Family sources revealed that Obayomi’s abductors have demanded N150 million ransom for his release. It would also be called that the state Commissioner for Land, Housing and Urban Development, Mr Stephen Mayaki and six others were abducted on Sunday morning from his farm in Osara, Adavi Local Government.