More details have emerged on how five daredevil gunmen stormed a Nigerian Court, shot sporadically and whisked away four alleged hardened criminals.
The four suspects who were standing trial for kidnapping and robbery, were to be arraigned before the Plateau High Court in Barkin Ladi Local Government of the state.
The suspects, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), namely; Umar Adamu, Bashir Mohammed, Musa Usman and Abdul Haruna, were to appear before Justice Nanpon Dadi when the incident occurred.
“A visibly shaken Prosecutor from the Plateau Ministry of Justice, who preferred anonymity, said that the gunmen stormed the court premises about 9.30 a.m., shooting in the air,” the report read.
He was quoted to have said; “The suspects were to appear before Justice Nanpon Dadi but the judge was said to be away on an appeal panel in Jos. So parties in the matter decided to take a new date.
“While we were taking a date, the prison van came into the premises with the suspects, shortly after, the gunmen, in a commando manner, started shooting sporadically.
“They over-powered the prison officials and everyone took to their heels, after which the gunmen took the suspects away.
“The prison officials immediately went to the Barkin Ladi police station for reinforcement, unfortunately the situation could not be salvaged as they had disappeared into the bush,” the prosecutor said. Mr Jacob Longden, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Plateau State Ministry of Justice, said the ministry was aware of the development and had reported the matter to the Attorney General, the Permanent Secretary and security agencies in the state. Longden said the state Security Task Force (STF) was already on the trail of the gunmen and suspects.”