Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Lawyers practicing in Kogi State under the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) have withdrawn their services from the court across the state following the kidnapped of a High Court Judge, Justice Samuel Obayomi. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by chairmen of four branches of the NBA in the state, Amechi Obiechina Chairman of Okene Branch, Chief Tunji Ologbonjo, and Chairman of Kabba branch, Ibrahim Isiaka Chairman of Idah branch and J. Akubo of chairman of Lokoja branch respectively.
According to the statement, as a result of this sad event, lawyers in the four branches of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the state, have resolved that no lawyer should engage in any court proceeding until the where about of his lordship is known. “ Lawyers cannot be engaging in court proceeding when the honourable judge who preside over their cases are attacked and kidnapped on their way to court. The boycott shall continue till the end of this week until further review,” the statement said.
The statement said if a judge of a High Court could be humiliated with level of impunity and defiance, then it is a clear indication that lawyers are at risk while court rooms are also danger zones. “ We are using this medium to condemn such dastardly act. Security agencies should wake up to the security challenge in Kogi State and the country in general.
Activities of criminals should be put to check to restore sanity, safety and maximum security in the society,” They however called on the state government to face the new crime escalation in the state with renewed vigour by deploy more police to crime prone area in the state. It would be recalled that justice Samuel Obayomi was kidnapped on May 25 by gunmen and taken to unknown destination.