Lawyers plead for release of ex-NBA President Wali

Ex-NBA President, Okey Wali

The Ikeja and Lagos branches of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, on Sunday appealed to the abductors of Okey Wali, to release him immediately and unconditionally.

Mr. Wali, the immediate past president of the NBA is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

The two branch chairmen made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

Mr. Wali was said to have been abducted by unknown persons at about 9.00 p.m. in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Saturday.

The Chairman of NBA, Ikeja Branch, Yinka Farounbi, said Mr. Wali’s abduction had brought to the fore the security challenges being faced by Nigerians.

“We appeal to the kidnappers to release him without delay and without any harm.

“We are urging the government to step up efforts of protecting the lives and property of the people.

“A situation whereby anybody can be kidnapped is worrisome,” he said.

Also speaking, his counterpart in Lagos NBA, Alex Mouka, stressed the need for adequate security.

“The abduction of Wali, the immediate past president of the NBA is shameful. We appeal to the abductors to release him to his family.”

In his reaction, Onyekachi Ubani, a former Chairman of the NBA, Ikeja branch, said Mr. Wali had served the country meritoriously as a lawyer and also as the president of the NBA.

Mr. Ubani said: “I am appealing to whoever is holding him to release him to his family and to do so unconditionally.

“They should not prolong his agony or that of the family because he does not deserve this kind of ordeal.”



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  • Lawyer of Conscience

    Please, i beg O, NBA, don’t involve me by association in this matter. I am not one of those calling for release or for anything.
    I can reason properly, please. Nigeria has gone past the end of discussion. A social system based on thefts by government officials will necessarily produce kidnappers and assassins. Theft is a violent activity and there is no peaceful way of dis-possessing one set of thieves by another except by deadly force. In that context, i actually expect extreme violence to break out in consequence all across Nigeria. The daughter of General Oneya was killed yesterday and dis-possessed of 250,000 Naira. Separately too, the Executive Secretary of Bayelsa state was shot dead elsewhere at about the same time. These deaths, like the beats, can only go on in an unjust country like this one.

    • Ms. Sarah

      “Nigeria is no longer a country. It is not a country where people can live
      to survive. Nigeria is a place ruled by criminals and thieves,
      as well as by those who believe in plundering and looting.”

      …….. Mbazulike Amaechi

      (Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation)
      [September 14th, 2014]

  • Dan Fulani

    We only have Boko Haram and some 270 missing girls, luckly there is nothing like kidnap or robbery in North Eastern Nigeria. May God continue protecting us.