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Nigerian Supreme Court Judge's Wife, Daughter Kidnapped

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Nigerian media say gunmen have abducted the wife, daughter and driver of a supreme court judge, in the latest case of kidnappers targeting prominent Nigerians.

Nigerian news agencies quote authorities as saying the kidnapping happened late Friday in the southern state of Edo. The officials said the three were travelling to Edo's capital, Benin, to prepare for the daughter's wedding when gunmen intercepted their car.

The reports said the kidnappers had not yet contacted Supreme Court Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour's family to make any demands.

Abductions of prominent Nigerians have increased in the country's south in recent months, with the kidnappers typically demanding ransom payments from family members.

In December, the mother of Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was kidnapped in Delta state before being released five days later. It is not clear if a ransom was paid.

Kidnappings for ransom are a lucrative criminal enterprise in southern Nigeria, but in previous years most cases involved foreign oil workers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 13, 2013 11:16 AM
Nigeria is largely a lawless state. Law enforcement agents belong to the few privileged ones while the masses are left to fend for themselves. But to leave the daughter and wife of a supreme court judge unguarded is unheard of in the country. What really happened? Someone should explain this. It should not be allowed to lie low like the killing of Chief Ige and Rewane with glaring security lapses. Again a former governor at 82 was abducted. What are the security agencies up to? Are they really in existence in this country? With the rumours going on that the 82yr old politician only feigned abduction and disappearance to strategize with his boko haram agents over the amnesty call, but how can Nigerians ever know what is happening in their country where security is like every other thing in the Nigerian government that never works. Is the current inspector general of police the right man for the job?

by: abiamone from: London
May 13, 2013 4:39 AM
The judiciary is complicit in high profile corruption and embezzlement cases in Nigeria. Much as one may detest the crime, it is good for them to taste the pudding.

by: The Hunter from: Cameroon
May 12, 2013 12:43 PM
Who,where and when can one be safe in Nigeria?

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