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Nigeria: Onnoghen: Thugs attack NBA chairman, other lawyers in Rivers over court boycott directive

January 30, 2019

– Suspected thugs reportedly attacked the NBA chairman, Silvester Adaka, and other lawyers in Port Harcourt

– The lawyers were reportedly attacked when they staged a protest and attempted to court proceedings

– Adaka said he addressed the justices of the court of appeal and lawyers to rise in continuation of NBA peaceful boycott of the court only to be descended upon by the thugs

Some suspected thugs reportedly beat up the chairman of the Port Harcourt chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Silvester Adaka and other lawyers who had gone to stage protest to disrupt court proceedings.

Adaka and his colleagues had reportedly planned to disrupt the court proceedings in a bid to enforce the NBA’s court boycott directive over the controversial suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

Daily Trust reports that angry litigants also chased the protesting NBA team out of the courtroom, causing pandemonium and heightening fear among the judges and other litigants.












Nigeria: Lawyers protest insecurity, killing of colleagues in Bayelsa

January 22, 2019

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Dozens of lawyers took to the streets in protest over rising insecurity and the killing of one of their colleagues by armed robbers in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Monday.

The lawyers, who are members of the Yenagoa and Sagbama branches of the Nigerian Bar Association, took what they called a ‘solemn protest walk’ through the streets of Yenagoa.

Decked in black attire, the lawyers also marched to the offices of the state’s Commissioner of Police and the state’s Director of the Department of State Services to register their displeasure at the killing and declining security situation in the state in general and in Yenagoa metropolis in particular.

The lawyers also tasked the security agencies to immediately bring to book, the hoodlums who murdered their colleague, Pumokumo Abel Ozi, who until his death was a member of the Human Rights Committee in the state.

Ozi was killed by armed men suspected to be armed robbers on January 16, at the Opolo end of the Mbiama-Yenagoa Road, just a few metres from the Police Area Command in broad daylight.








Nigeria/USA: US Congress Queries FG Harassment Of Atiku, Obi, Falana

December 21, 2018

The subcommittee of the US Congress for Africa, Human Rights, Global Health and International Organizations has queried the US government on its responses to reports of repression of opponents by the government of Nigeria.

During the hearing on Nigeria entitled, “Nigeria at a Crossroads: The Upcoming Elections” held on December 13, 2018, the Chairman Representative Chris Smith cited reports in the Vanguard and PREMIUM TIMES pertaining to reported freezing of Gov Peter Obi’s bank accounts as well as a raid on VP Atiku’s sons. Both men are leading opposition challengers to General Buhari.

Specifically Chairman Chris Smith informed the top diplomat for Africa, Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Tobir Nagy, that the subcommittee was in possession of a memo by the Nigerian embassy targeting a human rights lawyer for testifying before them. Concerned at the apparent repression of “opponents” of the Buhari regime, the Chairman asked the representative of the Trump administration whether the US government was engaged with Nigeria on these violations of citizens’ rights just for holding “contrary” views.

The Assistant Secretary of State for Africa responded that the US embassy in Nigeria was quite “concerned” and robustly engaged on such rights violations and election malpractice as just witnessed in Osun State and gave kudos to US ambassador Symmington whom he was impressed with during his recent visit to Nigeria last month.

Following the hearing, Washington-based Nigerian human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe, who was the target of the Nigerian embassy referenced by the Chairman, submitted a letter to the State Department attaching the incriminating exhibit indicting the Nigerian embassy in Washington of attempting to subvert the US Congress by witness intimidation and retaliation.

In the letter he called for the revocation of the diplomatic immunity of the Nigerian diplomats involved in threatening his passport and their prosecution by the US government for violations of American law.



Nigeria: Insecurity: Lawyers demand justice over slain colleagues

December 10, 2018

Insecurity: Lawyers demand justice over slain colleagues

Members of the wig and gown trooped out to protest against gruesome murders of their colleagues in Ekiti and Imo states where their colleagues were abducted and killed in custody of their abductors after a ransom was paid. STEVE UZOECHI and ADEWUNMI ADEMIJU write on how two lawyers and a magistrate were murdered in one week

It was the turn of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and its members to upbraid the federal government following three of their members who became victims of the nation’s security challenges which had held the country in the jugular in the last few years of democratic government.
The lawyers specifically blamed the security situation on government’s doorsteps which they accused of not doing enough to ensure that lives and property of citizens were adequately protected as constitutionally bestowed on the federal government.
In one week, three lawyers who became victims of insecurity lost their lives following their abduction and were subsequently killed in kidnappers’ den after ransom was paid.
In Ekiti, commercial activities were brought to a halt last week as lawyers in their hundreds thronged the streets of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, to protest against murder of two of their colleagues.
The two lawyers- Adeola Adebayo and Mr. Adesina Okeya, were abducted and killed by their abductors.
While a 33-year-old Adebayo, who was Ikole Ekiti NBA branch Secretary was kidnapped on 17th November, 2018 along Efon-Erio-Aramoko road before his decomposed body was found on 2nd December, 2018 after ransom had been paid, Okeya was abducted and killed by unknown gunmen in Abuja days after he was called to the Bar. In Imo, it was not different.
A serving Magistrate, Mr. Remmy Oguh, was killed and his body dumped on a roadside in Amucha, a community in Njaba council area of Imo State on 23rd November, 2018.
Their death, however, drew condemnation from their colleagues who are demanding justice for their gruesome murder in the hands of their abductors.
Lawyers in Ekiti took their protest to the state Government House after chanting sorrowful songs round major streets in Ekiti.



Nigeria: After Collecting N3m Ransom, Kidnappers Kill Lawyer, Adeola Adebayo In Ekiti State

December 2, 2018

Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikole Ekiti Branch, Adeola Adebayo who was kidnapped on Saturday, November, 17, 2018 at Erio, Ekiti State, has been found dead with several bullet wounds.

Adebayo was returning from Osogbo, Osun State, with his wife and parents where they attended an event when he was stopped and kidnapped.

A ransom of N3million was allegedly paid for his release, but his abductors still killed him after receiving the money.












Nigeria: Suspected kidnappers return to Ekiti, kidnap lawyer, 9 others

November 20, 2018

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A lawyer practicing in Ekiti State was among 10 people that were kidnapped last weekend allegedly by Fulani gunmen, at the Iwaraja – Efon axis of the state, a development that has raised fresh fears among the people of the state and the users of the road.

Sources said the kidnappers had attacked around three in the afternoon and had shot sporadically as they took their victims away.

A police source said the kidnappers were Fulani, and had taken to their heels when the police gave them a hot chase as they ran into the bush.

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Nigerian Tribune gathered that the police had engaged the kidnappers in a gun duel, which led them to shed the number of their victims as they ran.

According to the sources, the unrelenting police pursuit and engagement of the bandits led to their release of nine of their victims, and eventually went away with one.

The one they took away is a legal practitioner named Adeola Adebayo.

The lawyer and the family were said to have been travelling from Osogbo back to Ekiti when they were attacked.

The lawyer’s father, a lawyer and Lecturer at Ekiti State University (EKSU), his mother, sister and wife were released, while he is the only person in their captivity.

According to a statement by his family, the gunmen numbering 10 had demanded the sum of N100 million ransom for his release.

Adebayo is the Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikole -Ekiti branch.





Nigeria: Lawyers boycott courts over abduction of ex-NBA chairman

November 6, 2018

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Members of the Auchi branch of the Nigerian Bar Association have commenced a seven-day boycott of the courts in protest over the abduction of their former chairman, Mr. Anthony Itemuagbor.

Itemuagbor was whisked away by unknown gunmen at Ahor, in the Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state, on Sunday.

His wife was said to have been shot dead by the kidnappers as they moved him and other victims to an unknown location.

The abductors were also said to have demanded a ransom of N50m for his release.

Speaking with our correspondent on Tuesday, the chairman of the Auchi branch, Mr. Simon Mokidi, condemned the abduction of the lawyer and killing of his wife by the attackers.

Mokidi stated, “We have asked the secretary of the bar to formally lodge a report with the Commissioner of Police.

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“We have also dispatched a letter from a lawyer in his (Itemuagbor) office to the Divisional Police Officer at Ehor to make a statement on the matter.

“For now, we are not sitting in solidarity with him. We are not going to court for this week.