By Ola Adeola
Some unknown men reportedly held Mary Abounu, a judge and wife of Benue State’s deputy governor, at gunpoint In Benue State, on Wednesday. Also, the gunmen also reportedly seized lawyers and court officials during their unhindered operation, at about 8am.
They were said to have raided the State High Court 9, where Abounu was presiding, a Chief Magistrate’s Court and the Upper Area Court.
“Actually, the first court the hoodlums visited was the Magistrate’s Court 1. They broke into the courtroom and the chambers, where they carted away one computer, a printer, a generator as well as files for various cases,” said Isaac Ajim, a magistrate.
“After the criminals were done with my court, they proceeded to High Court 9, presided over by the wife of the deputy governor, Justice Mary Abounu, and carted away a refrigerator, three stabilisers, a set of computer, window blinds and left behind empty bottles of drinks.”
At the Upper Area Court, the registrar, Mrs. Sarah Gboji, described the invaders as robbers, saying, “The thieves made away with N280,000.”
It was also gathered that the criminals after they had wreaked havoc, locked the courtrooms with the padlocks they brought with them.
Benue Police said they are questioning the three security guards on guard while assuring that the invaders would be arrested.