Bandits Kill Judge’s Son, Demand N300m Ransom for Family’s Release

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Tragedy has struck the family of a Kaduna State Customary Court judge, Janet Galadima, as bandits killed her 14-year-old son, Victor, while demanding a staggering N300m ransom to free her and her three other children.

The judge and her children were kidnapped on Sunday, June 23, 2024, when the bandits invaded their home while her husband, Dr. Musa Gimba Dutse, was away on duty.

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Gloria Ballason, CEO of the House of Justice, condemned the attack, stating, “The murder of Victor, the 14-year-old son of the judge, is grisly and blood-curdling. No parent deserves the horror of watching their child being killed in such a cold, callous manner.”


The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) expressed shock and outrage over the incident, calling for an emergency meeting and press conference to demand the immediate release of the family and another doctor kidnapped six months ago.


Dr. Shuaibu Joga, NMA PRO, said, “We call for calm from members and request all to stay safe while we engage the necessary security organs to end this needless wanton evil.”


The family source revealed that the kidnappers initially demanded N300m but later reduced it to N298m, adding that Dr. Musa is a civil servant and his wife, Janet, is a magistrate, and they do not have the funds to pay the ransom.

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According to the family source, “Despite all efforts, he has not been able to raise the ransom. Worrying still, the kidnappers are still demanding N298m and threatening more violence. Consequently, we are increasingly fearful for his wife and the three children who remain in their clutches.”



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