Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:02 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Abductors of the Chief Registrar of the Rivers State High Court, Mr. Leonard Adoki, have reached his family demanding the sum of N100 million as ransom before they would set him free.
A member of the Victim’s family disclosed that the kidnappers made the demand on Tuesday, two days after his abduction.He said the family could not afford the amount.
The Chief Registrar was abducted on Sunday, by armed men in his village Amalem,in Abua/Odual local Government Area of the state when he was returning from church.
Mr. Adoki was appointed chief registrar of the state High Court weeks before the retirement of Justice Iche Ndu, a former chief judge of the state.
Since his appointment, his reign has been the most troubled in the regime of registrars in the state.
He took over from Justice Charles Wali of the Ahoada High court, shortly after his (Wali’s), elevation to the rank of High Court judge.
The state government through the House of Assembly, amended a section of the High Court Law to allow the Chief Registrar assign cases pending the appointment of a Chief Judge.
But, Adoki has not had chance to carry out the assignment before the judiciary workers embarked on indefinite strike last June.