10 gunmen raided three courts in Makurdi, Benue State, yesterday, 2nd of November, 2016, and made away with c ase files and other sensitive materials. However, investigations are still in progress.
They stormed the houses accommodating High Court 9 Magistrates Court and Upper Area Court, shooting sporadically into the air with sophisticated weapons. Wife of the deputy governor of Kogi State, Justice Mary Abounu, who was presiding over a case when the gunmen stormed her court, was held hostage for some hours.
The Magistrate in charge of Chief Magistrates’ Court 1, Isaac Ajim, said the gunmen broke the padlock of the court room and the chambers, and carted away one of the computers, one printer, a generator and window curtains, as well as files for already disposed and indisposed cases.
At the raid on High Court 9, they made away with a refrigerator, three stabilizers, computer, window blinds and left behind empty bottles of drinks. At the Upper Area Court, the gunmen reportedly carted away N280,000.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident, stating that three security guards had already been interrogated, promising that his men will catch the suspects and bring them to book.