by Isi Esene
The kidnappers of the Delta High Court Judge, Justice Marcel Okoh have opened a line of contact with his family demanding a N40million ransom.
The justice was abducted last week monday on his way to resuming his new position as Delta High Court judge in Warri. He was in June sworn in alongside five others as a judge in the state by the governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
It is not clear why the abductors decided to hold on for so long before asking for a ransom but it is apparent that all stakeholders closely associated with the case are divulging as little information as possible so as not to jeopardise the safety of the judge.
According to the Vanguard Newspapers, Chukwuma Oseyenim, the president of the Asaba branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, on Thursday resolved to boycott all court proceedings until the kidnapped justice is released.
Staff of the Delta State justice ministry, early last week, held a special prayer session to pray for his safe return to his family.