December 10, 2018
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
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.