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Gunmen whisk away four kidnap, robbery suspects in Court

Gunmen stormed the Plateau State High Court in Barkin Ladi Local Government and whisked away four kidnap and robbery suspects who were to be arraigned before the court.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suspects: Umar Adamu, Bashir Mohammed, Musa Usman and Abdul Haruna, were to appear before Justice Nanpon Dadi when the incident occurred.

A visibly shaken Prosecutor from the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that the gunmen stormed the court premises about 9:30am, shooting in the air.

The prosecutor said: “The suspects were to appear before Justice Nanpon Dadi, but the judge was said to be away on an appeal panel in Jos.

“So parties in the matter decided to take a new date.

“While we were taking a date, the prison van came into the premises with the suspects.

“Shortly after, the gunmen, in a commando manner, started shooting sporadically.

“They overpowered the prison officials and everyone took to their heels, after which the gunmen took the suspects away.

“The prison officials immediately went to the Barkin Ladi Police Station for reinforcement.

“Unfortunately, the situation could not be salvaged as they had disappeared into the bush.”

Jacob Longden, Director of Public Prosecution, Plateau State Ministry of Justice, said the Ministry was aware of the development and had reported the matter to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice the Permanent Secretary and security agencies in the state.

Longden said the state Security Task Force was already on the trail of the gunmen and suspects

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