A highly revered Judge of the Sharia court has been kidnapped by gunmen in Katsina state, north west Nigeria. The judge identified as Alhaji Husaini Sama'la was whisked away by gunmen while he was inside a sharia court, at Bauren Zakat Village in Safana local government area of the state.
Sahara reporters is reporting that the highly revered Sharia court Judge was taken while he was at the promises of the courthouse in Safana local government area of Katsina state. As at the time of filing this report, his abductors had not yet made any contact with the family of the Judge, or with the police.
Kidnappings perpetuated by armed bandits in Northwestern Nigeria, especially in Katsina state, has been a thorn in the flesh for many residents of the state. Months back, in 2020, over 300 school boys were kidnapped at a school located in Kankara town, in Katsina state. The kidnapped incident in Kankara sent shockwaves across the world, and after several pleas and negotiations, the students were released.
Kidnapping has been on top of the list of the major security issues that this country is facing at the moment. Government is currently trying to seek for ways that would best curb the situation, but experts and citizens are saying that government is not doing enough to contain the situation.
There have been calls for the creation and recognition of local law enforcement bodies. Experts believe that the current security structure is overwhelmed, and that the only way for the issue of kidnapping to end in the country is for the government to empower and recognize local law enforcement that knows the layers of the areas where such cases happens frequently.
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