A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Okey Wali, has been kidnapped in Port Harcourt, according to the NBA statement.
In a press statement on Saturday, October 11, the NBA said in the statement signed by Augustine Alegeh, its current president, that it received the “shocking news” that Mr. Wali, its 26th President, was kidnapped by unknown persons at about 9 p.m on Saturday.
“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 statement says.
“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 fulfill 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,” Augustine Alegeh added.
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.