December 1, 2017
Few months after gunmen assassinated Comrade Isaac Obe, former president of Eleme youths, assassins have again invaded the family home of the Obes and killed Barrister Marry Obe, elder sister of the youth leader.
Although the full details of the dastardly incident were yet to be unravelled, PMNEWS gathered that the lawyer was killedt 3 a.m. Friday at Alode-Eleme in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Olomate Ollor, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the local government confirmed the incident. He vowed to bring the fleeing culprits to book.
“Some gunmen came to Alode-Eleme and shot sporadically and at the end one Barrister Mary Obe was confirmed dead. I arrived there at about 3 a.m. in company of some soldiers and I have assured the family and Eleme people that the perpetrators will be brought to book.
“I sympathize with the Obe family over the death of their children, Comrade Isaac, a few months ago and now Marry,” Ollor said.
The council chairman also assured that security will be beefed up in the area while investigations into the murder ent continue.
September 5, 2017
Joseph Odok, a lawyer, a social crusader and a lecturer in the University of Calabar was attacked on Monday, September 4, 2017 by suspected cult boys in Calabar, Cross River state capital.
He was cut with machete and other weapons during the attack and was left seriously wounded by the hoodlums. He is being currently treated at an undisclosed hospital in Calabar.
Before the attack, his last post on Facebook reads, ‘People keep talking of Senator Gershom Bassey moving so many motions. I watch plenary and hardly see him talk, are Sen Gershom Bassey’s motions moved off camera? So much media can hide the truth. I challenge Sen Gershom Bassey’s aides to provide us with video clips of the much talked about Sen Gershom Bassey’s motions.
We are not giving up in engaging our leaders. We kept quite and we were deceived by media hype when so much rot bedeviled Cross River State water board and can’t repeat same mistakes again’.
August 29, 2017
A popular Aba Based Lawyer and Human Right Activist Barr. Emperor Gabriel Ogbonnaya has been shot by yet to be identified gunmen in Aba.
According to PUO METRO, the Item Born Lawyer was shot in front of his House. Confirming the incident our source revealed that Emperor Gabriel Ogbonnaya is in a critical condition in an undisclosed hospital.
However, Mr. Onyebuchi Emenanka has released a press statement debunking the claim that Emperor is in critical condition. He further confirmed that contrary to views making round, the attach on Emperor was not politically motivated.
His statement below:
This is to inform the general public, especially members of the Nigeria Bar Association, Aba branch and friends of associates of my friend, Barrister Empero Gabriel Ogbonna that he is safe and stable. He is currently in good hands at a good medical facility.
Late last night when I got the information, I rushed to the medical facility where I met Emperor himself, his wife and other close relatives including his junior in Chambers.
I was delighted to see Emperor in high spirits. God intervened and the ultimate plans of the evil minds were unsuccessful. Before I left the place just before midnight, we ensured that all necessary arrangements were put in place for unhindered treatment and access to proper Medicare. The medical personnel are on top of the situation.
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that Emperor will receive the best available treatment.
July 29, 2017
Suspected assassins on rampage in Okpanam community, near Asaba, Delta state on Thursday night, killed a human rights lawyer, Barr. Patrick Ashiedu.
It was reliably gathered that the six-man armed gang started shooting sporadically into the air, causing people around the area to take to their heels.
The victim ran into them and he was brutally shot several times without being robbed, leading people to suspect they were not robbers but hired killers.
Sources said the assassins trailed him to the drinking spot after some inexplicable activities surrounding a woman.
Family members who did not want their names in print described the killing of their son as the work of assassins and not an unfortunate robbery, seeing as he was the only one killed and no one was robbed.
Unconfirmed sources say the late Ashiedu had issues in his marriage including some land issues, which might have been responsible for his killing. The Police PRO, Andrew Aniamaka confirmed the sad incidence and investigations are ongoing.
July 22, 2017
Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about
A former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has cried for help to the United Nations Human Rights Committee over his alleged persecution in the Malabu oil deal.
Adoke, in a letter by his lawyer, Femi Oboro, urged the United Nations body not to watch while he is persecuted for an offense he knows nothing about.
In the letter titled: “Re: Complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on violation of the rights set forth in the international covenant on civil and political rights,” Oboro said Adoke is being persecuted by the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The letter, dated July 20, 2017, reads in full: “I have today 20th July 2017 filed a complaint on behalf of my client Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Federal Republic of Nigeria, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for unmitigated acts of persecution, intimidation, harassment, threat of deprivation right to life, unlawful interference with right to family life and livelihood.
“This complaint has become necessary in view of the constant harassment, intimidation and persecution that my client has endured in the hands of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies.
July 16, 2017
Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a female legal practitioner, Barr. Rabi Ozavize Ovosi along the Lokoja-Okene highway in Kogi State.
Ovosi, who is a mother of two was reportedly kidnapped on Friday while on transit.
A family member of the victim, Abdulateef Ovosi said the abductors contacted the family on Sunday for the first time demanding for ransoms.
“As at this morning (Sunday) , I heard a ransom has been made, but I have not actually ascertain that now. The family were holding a meeting when the kidnapers called. As we speak, their lines are no more reachable for us to know what amount they are demanding.
“We are all worried and we are praying asking everybody to join us in praying for her safe return,” he said.
When contacted, Kogi State Police Commissioner, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, who confirmed the incident said over 100 security operatives have since been deployed to comb the bushes to secure her safe release.
The latest case of kidnapping is coming barely a day after some unknown gunmen abducted and murdered the Osun State Permanent Secretary Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole around Okene area of the state while on her way to Abuja.
July 14, 2017
On 19 February 1995, when Esther again tried to visit her husband, she was locked up by Okuntimo and tied naked to a chair. Then she was beaten with a koboko and sexually harassed and assaulted by Okuntimo.
The numbered paragraphs below are extracted from the 138 page Esther Kiobel Writ served on multiple Royal Dutch Shell companies on 28 June 2017. More information is provided after the extracts.
THE OGONI 9 SHOW TRIAL
4.5 Ill-treatment of lawyers and family members
- Both lawyers and family members of the suspects were seriously intimidated, threatened and even ill-treated during the trial.138
- On several occasions the lawyers were denied access to the heavily protected court.139 For example, at the session of 21 February 1995 Fawehinmi related how that morning he was forced by Lt. Hassan, who worked directly under Okuntimo, under threat of violence, to board a police bus. Lawyer Falana was beaten in the same incident.140 These two lawyers were also unlawfully detained by the regime during (the run-up to) the trial.141
- Oso, Kiobel’s lawyer, related how he became the victim of serious intimidation. On arrival at the courthouse he was told to leave after which his driver was beaten up and his car destroyed.142 That same morning Saro-Wiwa’s 74-year-old mother was beaten up on the instructions of Lt. Hassan when she tried to enter the court.143
- When Kiobel was asked on 22 June 1995 whether he could arrange another lawyer since Oso had stopped his defence, he stated, to the annoyance of Judge Auta, how his family was being harassed by the army: