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Nigeria: Police arrest kidnappers of Ebonyi Lawyer

June 7, 2019

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The Ebonyi State Police Command on Friday arrested five suspected kidnappers that abducted one Barr. Igwe Chigozie at a gunpoint in front of his residence at Goddy Ogbaga avenue in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

Briefing journalist at the Police Headquarters Abakaliki, the State Police Commissioner, CP Awosola Awotinde said that the victim was kidnapped in his Toyota Corolla car with Reg number KRD 444 FE and taken to an unknown destination.

CP Awotinde said that operatives of Anti-kidnapping wing of operation puff adder immediately swing into action and the victim was rescued at Ukwuachi along Abakaliki/Enugu express road.

He stated that the kidnappers made away with the victims Samsung Galaxy Prime Core handset, his Toyota Corolla car and a cash sum of N2, 500 adding that on the 19th of May, 2019, one Chibueze Okpara a 33 year old member of the kidnap gang was arrested at Nkwegu Army barracks mammy market by operatives of puff adder.

The CP noted the arrest of Okpara led the police team to Enugu state where the kidnapper’s kingpin and other members of the gang namely Chinedu Okorie “31”, Chibuzor Onyia Onuigbo, “30”, Agbo Emmanuel “31” and Taoreed Folawewo, “39” were arrested at different locations in Enugu State.

According to the CP, items recovered from the gang includes, one locally made revolver pistol with two live AK 47 ammunition, one expended ammunition used during the operation and a total number of 7 cars.

Police arrest kidnappers of Ebonyi Lawyer

Ebonyi: Police Arrest Four Suspected Kidnappers, Recover Seven Cars

Ebonyi: Police arrest four suspected kidnappers, recover seven cars

Police Parade Suspected Kidnap Kingpin, Others In Ebonyi

Nigeria: Abductors keep mute after taking N3m for kidnapped lawyer

May 14, 2019

The family of Kennedy Nwashindi, a lawyer who was abducted in the Asaba area of Delta State, has lamented the silence of the kidnappers after ransom was paid for his release.

The 54-year-old was kidnapped by gunmen on April 6 on his way to his residence in Okpanam, Asaba, around 7pm.

The kidnappers were said to have used the victim’s mobile phone to demand N50m ransom from his family.

Our correspondent gathered that Kennedy’s family appealed to the abductors that they could only raise about N3m.

The victim’s elder brother, Pastor Favour Nwashindi, said the kidnappers’ silence since the money was sent to them had raised concerns in the family.

Nwashindi, who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Monday, said the family had reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Officer-in-Charge of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, the church the father of four attended, and different vigilance groups.

Favour stated that they were preparing for their mother’s burial on April 16 when Kennedy was kidnapped.

Abductors keep mute after taking N3m for kidnapped lawyer



Nigeria: Court orders police to pay lawyer N15m for illegal detention

May 9, 2019

Anambra State High Court sitting at Otuocha has ordered the Commissioner of Police in the State and two others to pay the sum of fifteen million Naira, to Mr Emmanuel Chinenye Arinze as damages for infringing on his fundamental rights.

The order was made following an application for Fundamental Rights Enforcement made to the court by Chinenye Arinze through his team of lawyers led by Prof Ilochi Okafor,SAN and seven others.

In his statement on oath in support of the application, Mr Arinze alleged that the officer in charge of Aguleri Police Area Command, Mr Abdu Osu, and another police officer, sergeant Oviaede Mamode had on December 3rd, 2018, arrested, tortured, humiliated and detained him in a police cell at Aguleri Area Command till the following day, being December 4, 2018.

The applicant stated that this action by the two officers who were working as agents of the state commissioner of Police was unconstitutional and a gross violation of his fundamental rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty and freedom of movement, as guaranteed under sections 34,35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.

He, therefore, prayed the court to declare the action of the officers who are the 1st and 2nd respondents in the case, as a violation of his fundamental human rights.

The victim further asked the court for an award of damages in the sum of One Hundred million Naira, for the breach of his rights.


Court orders CP, others to pay lawyer N15m

Court orders CP, others to pay N15m over lawyer’s illegal detention

Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap lawyer in Osun

April 16, 2019

Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a lawyer, Mr Musbahu Adetumbi at Iwaraja via Ilesa in Osun state.

The Ibadan-based lawyer was said to be on his way to Akure to represent his client at the Court of Appeal when he was kidnapped on Monday evening.

The Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ibadan branch, Mr Ibrahim Lawal confirmed the abduction of Adetumbi.

Ibrahim said: “The sad news of our colleagues, Musibau Adetumbi’s abduction was received with shock. He was travelling with two of his lawyers from Ibadan to Akure. Only Musibau and the driver of his Honda Civic were abducted.”


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Ibadan lawyer kidnapped in Osun


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Nigeria: Gunmen assassinate P-Harcourt based lawyer

April 12, 2019

Unknown gunmen have assassinated a Port Harcourt based legal practitioner, identified by the Rivers State Police Command as Mr. Promise Frank Igwe.

The victim was shot dead at a bar in Ozuoba Community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, around 10am, Friday.

The victim was quickly identified as a lawyer because he had gone to the waiting point dressed in his full barrister regalia.

A source who claimed to have witnessed the incident, but pleaded anonymity, said the unknown gunmen trailed the lawyer to the drinking joint where he was waiting for an undisclosed person before the gunmen arrived the scene.

It was gathered that the gunmen killed the victim and made away with his telephone sets.

However, personnel from Ozuoba Divisional Police, had later arrived the scene and picked the remains of the victim to a mortuary.


Gunmen Assassinate lawyer, Promise Frank Igwe In Rivers

Hoodlums assassinate lawyer in Rivers

Hoodlums assassinate lawyer in Rivers

Nigeria: BREAKING: EFCC releases detained lawyer Ubani

April 11, 2019

EFCC releases detained lawyer Ubani

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today released the former 2nd Vice President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Monday Ubani who had been detained by the Commission.

Ubani was arrested and detained on March 19, along with Senator Christopher Enai, for failing to produce the former Managing Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Mrs Ngozi Olejeme, who they both stood for as sureties.

Olojeme is facing a N6.4billion fraud charge preferred against her by the EFCC.

Ubani had maintained his innocence over Olejeme’s disappearance, insisting that she absconded after the EFCC raided her home

BREAKING: EFCC releases detained lawyer Ubani



EFCC releases Ubani from detention


Nigeria: Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma

April 10, 2019

Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma

In a letter to the Nigerian authorities Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concern about the maltreatment of Justus Ijeoma by the police. It was reported that Mr Ijeoma was brutally assaulted by police officers when accompanying a client to the State Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Asaba, on 26 March 2019.


Justus Ijeoma is a Nigerian human rights lawyer and the executive director of the International Human Rights and Equity Defense Foundation (I-REF). His work especially focuses on police violence. By providing free legal services and advice his organization aims to improve the access to justice of the population and the public accountability.

According to the information we received, Mr. Ijeoma was brutally assaulted by officers of the anti-kidnapping unit of the Nigerian police force when accompanying a client to the State Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Police in Asaba, on March 26th, 2019. When his client still wasn’t interrogated in the early evening, Mr. Ijeoma suggested that they would plan the hearing for the next day. The Officer-in-Charge (OC) then ordered that Mr. Ijeoma’s client would be taken to the detention room. Mr. Ijeoma objected, informed his client about her rights and refused to hand over her phone, which led to him begin slapped in the face by the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in the presence of the OC.  Mr. Ijeoma told the OC that he wanted to report to him that his officer had just slapped him, but got ignored and The OC ordered for Mr. Ijeoma’s detention too. He was then violently captured by four officers, who held him and beat him severely, tearing off his clothes. The officers chained his legs and left him in the room, which they filled with tear gas. When the officers returned and opened the door and window, Mr. Ijeoma managed to take a picture of himself with his phone by means of evidence and when he refused to hand over his phone the officers were ordered to beat him ‘professionally’ and avoid leaving any trace.

Letter on behalf of Justus Ijeoma


Human rights defender Justus speaks at the Rotterdam International Secondary School