NBA BENIN (“LION BAR”) ROARS LOUD AGAINST ALARMING SPATE OF KIDNAP OF LAWYERS AND CITIZENS PLYING THE BENIN AUCHI ROAD.
The Lion Bar is alarmed over the incessant and unending kidnap of lawyers and citizens plying Benin/Auchi Road by dare-devil kidnappers and has for the umpteenth time made vociferous calls on the security operatives in the state to put an end to the ugly trend.
In what has become a recurring decimal, the kidnappers struck again in the early hours of today, 2/2/2022 shooting sporadically. While at it, they kidnapped three lawyers and their driver to wit:
1 MR. FRED ABURU
2 MR. ISRAEL UNURIERUME.
3 MR. EDA GBEJULE.
4.MR. KOME ESIKE.
It was revealed that the affected lawyers who are members of the Warri branch of the NBA, (“The Radioactive Bar”) were on their way from Warri to Sabo-gidda Ora High Court when they were attacked at the Ehor axis of the expressway.
The question now is: If lawyers who spend most of their lives fighting for the oppressed can be kidnapped, does it not automatically mean that no one in this country is safe?
The bitter truth is that the rising incidence of kidnapping in Edo State is mind-boggling and the NBA Benin Branch cannot, and will not sit back and allow this to linger within our turf.
We want to at this juncture, while commending the Police and other security agencies in Edo State, demand that they do everything within their constitutional powers and duty to ensure that the lawyers and driver are released within 48 hours, unharmed and unscathed.
We state categorically that we are in unshaken solidarity with the Radioactive Bar in this trying time in demanding for the unconditional and immediate release of our colleagues.
The Chairman of the Lion Bar, Mr. Pius Oiwoh, was on his way to Ekpoma High court when the kidnappers attacked motorists plying that road. Fortunately, he was unharmed and we thank God for sparing him.
The kidnap incident has been reported to the State Police Command and the Zonal Headquarters.
The Executive of Lion bar in solidarity with the Radioactive Bar moved to the AIG Zone 5’s office and while at that meeting, they met with the State Commissioner of Police and reported the incident to him. The Commissioner of Police promised that our kidnapped colleagues and their driver will be released unhurt.
The Publicity Secretary, NBA Benin, Mr. Ogaga Emoghwanre, Esq has been in contact with the Chairman and leadership of Warri Bar, as directed by the Lion Bar’s leadership. The next line of action will be communicated to the public as soon as possible.
Ogaga Emoghwanre, Esq
Publicity Secretary, NBA Benin.