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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.




Nigeria: Controversy over bloody attack on Innoson’s lawyer

October 22, 2018

The counsel to embattled Innoson Nigeria Limited, Professor McCarthy Mbadugha is lying critically injured  in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos after he was attacked by hired assassins in his chambers at Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, last week. 

The attack was carried out after the lawyer complained about threats to his life over his ability to successfully win cases in favour of his client, Innoson. He reportedly complained bitterly about an anonymous message of threat to his life and asked for protection.  The following is the result of our investigation:







Nigeria: Policeman slammed into detention for assaulting lawyer

October 17, 2018

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Paul Usoro, SAN, has revealed that the policeman, who allegedly assaulted a lawyer, Luqman Bello, in Ilorin has been detained.

In a statement signed by Kunle Edun, the NBA National Publicity Secretary and shared on Usoro’s Twitter handle, @PaulUsoroSAN, the 29th NBA president, said, the association would not take the assault on its member lightly.

The statement read in part, “Information reaching the NBA President, Paul Usoro, SAN, confirmed that it was a Police officer from the Police Training school in Ilorin that threw caution and decency to the wind.

“Immediately the incident happened, the NBA President, reached out to the Ilorin Branch Chairman, Mr. Idowu Akande. The office of the Inspector General of Police was also contacted by the NBA President.

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“The cheering news is that the officer involved is presently in Police detention on the instruction of the Commissioner of Police, Kwara State while the investigation into this ill is ongoing.”

According to Halima Jimada, a Twitter user, @halima_jimada, Luqman Bello was brutalised and stripped of his clothes by the police at A- Division, Ilorin while he was trying to secure the release of his client.



Nigeria/Saudi Arabia: Chimamanda Adichie wins 2018 PEN Pinter prize for ‘outstanding’ literary work

October 11, 2018

Chimamanda Adichie has been endowed with the 2018 PEN Pinter prize for her outstanding work of literary merit that has defined the truth in human lives and societies.

The critically acclaimed author was given the coveted prize at an award-giving ceremony, which took place at the British Library in the United Kingdom, on Tuesday.

Adichie was selected by this year’s judges, Inua Ellams, Philippe Sands, Antonia Fraser and Chair of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.

She is the first African to have clinched the award which is focused on defending and promoting freedom of expression, while removing barriers to literature.

At the ceremony, Adichie named Waleed Abulkhair, a lawyer and human rights activist, as the 2018 International Writer of Courage, a title awarded by the PEN Pinter winner each year.

Congratulating the Saudi Arabian lawyer and activist, she said: I am proud to share this year’s PEN Pinter Prize with activist, lawyer and writer Waleed Abulkhair.

“Waleed has dedicated his life to holding the Saudi authorities accountable for human rights abuses. He has dedicated his life to speaking out, to supporting the victims of those abuses.

“Waleed, like Harold Pinter, has shown a lucid dedication to telling his truth. But rather than being lauded for this dedication, Waleed has paid a heavy price – 15 years behind bars.

“I am deeply proud to share this prize with Waleed and I hope that this small act of solidarity will bring him some comfort, and will remind him that his struggle has not been forgotten, nor will it be in vain.






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