Nigeria: Ex-NBA President kidnapped  

Ex-NBA President, Okey Wali

The immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Okey Wali, has been kidnapped in Port Harcourt, the lawyers body has said.

In a press statement Saturday, the NBA said it received the “shocking news” that Mr. Wali, its 26th President, was kidnapped by unknown persons on Saturday, October 11, at about 9 p.m.

Mr. Wali, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and an indigene of Rivers State, was elected the NBA’s president in 2012 and served in that capacity until July this year.

“Okey Wali SAN is a man of peace who has not only contributed immensely to the enthronement of rule of law and protection of human rights, but also to the development of our Nation,” the NBA said in the statement signed by Augustine Alegeh, its current president.

“It is therefore saddening that he should become a kidnap victim. This sad event is yet another reminder of the state of insecurity in which all Nigerians live.

“The NBA calls on the Federal Government to step up efforts to fulfil its primary constitutional role of providing for the welfare and security of all Nigerians. We passionately appeal to his abductors for his immediate and safe release to his family.”


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  • Ol’boy

    “In Nigeria, the pauperized many have sent a memo to the criminally-rich few:
    “We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in peace. We will hound you
    and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your Hummers, we will snatch them.

    When you send your children to expensive schools, we will kidnap them. When you retreat
    to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep with one eye open. With every knock,
    you will panic and tremble, fearing it could be nemesis at the door”.

    ………Femi Aribisala
    (Vanguard Newspaper)

    [August 27, 2013]

  • Spoken word

    Unfortunately what goes round comes round.

  • concerned9ja

    Nah! Which constitutional duty is NBA expecting from the Clueless One? Remember, the Chibok girls are still in captivity. For all we care, Wali can remain kidnapped until after our transformational Jona has served his second term. Or is NBA telling us GEJ kidnapped Wali? You may even shut your courts, the issue of second term for the Otuoke clown is the priority now.

  • Bring me my Gun

    Dear Editor Premium Times:

    A REVOLUTION IS COMING TO NIGERIA

    Revolutionary mobs of armed youths will impose a solution on Nigeria.
    The ways of the Nigerian middle class are not right. The middle class
    is wedged in spirit and soul to thieves for whom they work as lawyers,
    accountants and bankers, and from whom they deprive unjust enrichment,
    disguised as fees, in a thievish partnership. Having thus lost relevance, the
    middle class has become a legitimate target for attacks and targeted killings in
    Nigeria because the middle class has mis-used its education to wrought gross
    economic injustice against the masses of the people by aiding and abetting
    treasury thefts to cause current un-employment figure of 50 million people in
    Nigeria. Against that throng of dis-possessed un-employed ones, no rhetoric can
    stay their hands as they brace for guns in legitimate self-vengeance against a
    trust-forfeited system of government in Nigeria based on stealing. A bloody revolution
    is coming to Nigeria. An election is not a solution to Nigeria’s free-stealing mis-governance.

    • Raymond (Journalist)

      @BMMG:

      Ha, how about journalists? You didn’t mention them. They are worse criminals!
      A Nigerian journalist forfeits the trust of society than all other criminals nowadays.
      A Nigerian journalist calls black white, just to earn his salary as a pleaser of publisher.
      It is impossible that Nigerian journalists do not see the crass thefts of their press owners.
      But they are instructed to look the other way, and like servile servants, they simply do.

    • Public Records

      THEFTS THAT LED TO REVOLUTIONARY UPRISING IN NIGERIA

      • Interrogate Raji Fashola on $3.7 billion Lagos debt after his frittering away $18b Lagos revenue.
      • Interrogate Bola Tinubu for Alpha Beta Ltd fee of ₦6 billion per month from Lagos state government.
      • Interrogate Bola Tinubu for 35 billion Naira he got this year as fee on Lekki tolled expresway.
      • Prosecute Brigadier Buba Marwa for money laundering on existing criminal indictment.
      • Prosecute the cases of 28 corrupt ex-Governors elected in 1999 and indicted for thefts.
      • Investigate General Olusegun Obasanjo’s oil bloc acquisitions between 2005 and 2007.
      • Investigate Mohammed Adoke for conspiracy on the theft of 1 billion dollars via OPL 245.
      • Investigate the first purchasers of the Associated Airlines aircraft which crashed in Lagos.
      • Reopen the PDTF money-laundering case against Alhaji Abubakar Atiku.
      • Prosecute Otunba Mike Adenuga for money laundering PTDF funds in 2005.

      • Public Records

        •Prosecute Nigeria’s heads of state indicted for receiving Halliburton bribes.·
        •Prosecute Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for un-accounted ₦650billion at Nigeria’s Central Bank.
        • Uncover the hidden owner of 10% of Glo Ltd shares and arrest him or her for prosecution.
        • Reanimate the billion-dollars theft case against ex-Governor Peter Odili of Rivers State.
        • Investigate Orji Uzor Kalu’s acquisition and transfer of Slok Airlines.
        • Prosecute Sanusi Lamido Sanusi of Central Bank of Nigeria for ₦2.7trillion oil subsidy theft.
        • Prosecute Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the same ₦2.7trillion oil subsidy theft.
        • Arrest ex Minister Dan Etete for stealing one billion dollars on OPL 245.
        • Investigate all monopoly franchises granted Aliko Dangote for corruption.
        • Arrest and prosecute Cosmas Maduka for financial crimes on BMW cars’ supplies to Aviation Ministry.
        • Arrest and prosecute Stella Oduah for stealing by tricks.
        • Arrest and prosecute self-declared Nigerian billionaires for tax evasion.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    So the lawyers are now calling on the Federal Government to “fulfill its primary constitutional role of providing for the welfare and security of all Nigerians”? They are making this call because their own has received the wrong end of the stick? Have these lawyers considered the plethora of human rights abuses visited on Nigerian citizens by the military and police? Have these lawyers considered that other Nigerians have been at the wrong end of the stick of these kidnappers? Have these lawyers considered how the police commit extra-judicial killings of Nigerians? Have these lawyers considered the shameful and devilish ways the police have always arrested, ‘jailed’ and sometimes killed Nigerians without trial? And what have these lawyers done? Where are records where these lawyers have championed the move to stop all these crimes by agents of the state? Everybody is busy with the rat race to the extent that lawyers have forgotten their noble calling! They sit idly by while state organs continue to deny Nigerians their constitutional rights. Now that the chicken has come to roost in their very compounds they complain. The lawyers must remember that what is happening in Nigeria has a domino effect. Leave these happenings unattended and they will consume the whole country and everybody. The flood of kidnapping is now extending gradually.

    • Otile

      My brother, some of the rogue lawyers should be rounded up and sent to Bergen Belsen.

      • Otile

        Remember European Golgotha, Man’s Inhumanity to Man, Genocide east of the Niger, Never again.

  • Tonnero

    From wikipedia:

    Start Quote
    “First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    End Quote.

    • Wähala

      “Soon the poor will have nothing but the rich to eat” – Subsidy Demo
      I guess the above is more appropriate than going all the way back to Nazi Germany… LoL!

      • Otile

        I know you will like us to forget the experiences at Munich, and Bergen-Belsen.

  • Wähala

    “Soon, Nigerians will be left with nothing but the rich to eat” – #BringBackOurOyelSubsidy Demonstrator
    (modified by @Wähala)

    • Vandu

      “We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. Something worse than
      Boko Haram is about to happen. We are looking at total darkness

      in the nation.

      There’s going to be a revolution. The poor will overtake the
      rich. You’ve not seen anything yet. You’ve not seen the real Boko Haram.
      A worse Boko Haram is about to happen”.

      …….…….Primate Olabayo

      (Head of the Evangelical Church of Yaweh)

      [April 29, 2013]

  • sunday

    Your suggestions are good but cannot stop electoral fraud. It may not even reduce it. Electoral fraudsters are like common criminals. Even if you jail them, they continue committing the same crimes. They always believe they can buy anybody, even judges. In the last election candidates invested an amount you may never see in your entire life. In some areas, each voter got N5000 for casting just one ballot for a candidate. Where such money is invested, election becomes a do or die affair. We need a new national ethical orientation. What is the essence of life? Is it domination and subjugation or is it cooperation, love and peace? Peace depends on the answer we choose.

    • SB

      Because criminals can not stop committing crimes, so we should stop prosecuting? Are you amount the wailers?

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  • Khaled Maiwada Abdulsalam

    WHEN THE CAT DECIDES TO SLEEP, THEN THE MICE AND RATS MUST DANCE AND PISS ON ITS BODY
    :For
    the president Mohammadu Buhari’s inability to have dealt a deadly blow
    to the mega thieves of the nation’s with a speed so extraordinarily
    swift and legal,retrieve the stolen money and jail the guilty in
    Kirikiri prisons, the thieves are now finding other forums run by
    terrorist and other reactionaries to threatened and destabilized his
    nascent government and the country. Similarly for the president’s
    inability to quickly import and sell cheap essential commodities to the
    masses at subsidized rate as they did during Murtala’s regime and
    Buhari-Idiagbon era pending when he gives agriculture and industries the
    stimulation for growth and development these two sectors deserve by
    next planting season President Muhammadu Buhari will soon lose the type
    of love he and Murtala got from the Yoruba masses and even reasonable
    Igbos and other southern minorities. For president PMB’s inability to
    discard with and probe all the Jonathan appointed boys and mistresses
    now running all the federal government’s MDA’s as Perm Sects, DGs,
    Executive Secretaries, this-that-general etc President Buhari has done
    what Hausas call Locking the gate of your treasury with the burglar
    inside- Kulle Kofar Da Barawo. For PMB’s inability to scout new talents
    that abound in Nigeria and abroad from among battalions of the
    progressive elements and Northern youths who truly love him and
    sacrificed all they have including their Jobs, families, lives and
    businesses to see that he could cling the presidency but disappointingly
    he has forgotten to invite this class of patriots to help him run the
    government. All we are seeing are some loquacious spoilt brats, the
    scion of the conservative Northern oligarchs who hate President
    Muhammadu Buhari with a passion President, spoilt kids and their parents
    and Godfathers who also hate the Northern masses that supported him too
    with passion, Ironically we only see PMB, these Chaps, sons and
    daughters of the Northern, traditional, academic religious and business
    oligarchs trained with stolen national patrimony at Harvard and other
    Euro-American Jewish ivy league universities as post graduate students
    who learnt nothing but motivational subjects ala rich Dad poor Dad by
    Robert Kiyosaki, The richest man in Babylon, Donald Trump, Zig -Ziglar
    etc books whose contents only teach greed and selfishness and the art of
    public speaking to deceive the gullible. Therefore for PMB’s inability
    to shun courtship in form of dining with the devil from our white
    bearded brand new AKARAMAKALAHU UZTAZ Generals Abdulsalami, and
    Baba(lawo) Obasanjo and their ilk who come to intervene not on behalf of
    the pauperized masses or come with advice on how o move the nation
    forward along with the return of their own loots but they come to plead
    for thieves so that in the process PMB will also forget their own
    financial and economic malfeasance this singular waste of time has not
    help PMB or we the masses because it has demystified the Buhari mystic
    and the no nonsense mien. It is for this and other reasons such as in
    international relations that culminated the wrong and dangerous romance
    with the idea of the cow boy nation of the US of A to partake in the war
    against the Boko Haram, Almajiri rag-tag army knowing full well the
    consequences of such misadventure as we saw in Vietnam, Iraq, Libya,
    Somalia, Yemen and also at home for the inability of PMB to mobilize and
    interact with the downtrodden youths and motivate them based on
    Buhariist ideology and from time to time pay surprise visit to schools,
    football pitch and other places youths usually gather to inspect, guide
    and mentor them on the virtues of honesty and patriotism and hard work
    instead of all the above and other points I cannot mention for now the
    president is not moving fast as the Buhari we knew and so has left many
    of his flanks open to opportunistic diseases in form of quislings and
    other cowardly evil groups who hitherto were in disarray but are now
    gathering confidence and finding their long lost voices which they
    formerly suppressed in fright. Well the damage has been done, luckily it
    is never too late to wake up and get the correct people to help him
    out. My friend Idang Alibi, ace trust paper columnist, with whom we
    campaigned for Buhari at great risk to convince Northern Cross Riverians
    on the virtue of Buhari had earlier said so. So did my former lecturer
    Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim, the great intellectual and no mean patriot and also
    my overseas based brothers and sisters such as the london based, the
    fearless prince, Mustapha Saidu Gidado alias Sarkin yakin Janar
    Muhammadu Buhari-international; and so many other true committed
    patriots and the true lovers of President Muhammadu Buhari, all have
    expressed their own concern and we feel before it is too late, the
    president must wake up and act correctly BY SELECTING THE CORRECT ONES
    AMONG the people so that with time the incorrigible bad eggs among shall
    be detected from their bad habits to be left on the service lane
    through elimination and substitution. He must remember there aren’t much
    saints around but he must manage and retrain those available. A stitch
    in time saves nine. Well, a word is enough for the wise.