Lawyers’ League calls for release of kidnapped colleague, Igbokwe

By Charles Kumolu

The League of Patriotic Lawyers has called for the immediate release of a
kidnapped lawyer, Mr. George Igbokwe, who was abducted yesterday, close to
Abuduin Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State.

Briefing newsmen yesterday in Lagos, Chairman of the platform, Mr. Abubakar
Yesufu, called on the state’s Commissioner of Police and Director of
Department of State Services to spare no efforts in ensuring his release
without conditions.

Yesufu, a former University of Benin Students’ Union President, called on the
President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Edo State chapter, to convene an
emergency meeting in order to urge his members to boycott the courts over
the matter.

His words: “We advise all our colleagues to suspend the defense of all cases
of alleged kidnapping until George Igbokwe is released.

“He is neither a businessman nor a politician. It is highly unfair to keep him
in the unlawful custody of hoodlums. A fine gentleman known for his pro
bono matters should not be harmed.

“It is worrisome and ironic that our George, who has been in the forefront for
the liberation of the ‘wretched of the earth’ would be made to suffer unjust
detention in the hands of these hoodlums and bandits that have invaded the
serenity of our beloved Edo State.”

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