Lawyers practicing in Ekiti state, yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Ado Ekiti, the state capital to condemn the kidnap and killing of their colleagues, Messrs Adeola Adebayo and Adesina Okeya.
The legal practitioners under the auspices of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) were led by Chairmen of Ado, Ikere and Ikole Ekiti branches of the association, Barristers Samuel Falade, Oludayo Olorunfemi and Ibrahim Olanrewaju respectively.
The 33-year-old Adebayo, who was a former secretary of Ikole Ekiti branch of NBA, was kidnapped on November 17 along Efon-Erio-Aramoko road and taken to undisclosed location before his decomposed body was found on Sunday, December 2.
Okeya, who was said to have been recently called to Bar, was abducted in Abuja by some unknown gunmen and was later found dead few days after.
The lawyers in a petition addressed to Governor Kayode Fayemi, and submitted to the Police Commissioner, Mr. Bello Ahmed and Director of Department of State Services (DSS), Mrs Precious Iheanacho at the headquarters in the state capital, expressed their displeasure over alleged lackadaisical attitudes of the security agents towards the kidnapping.
The petition presented to the trio of Fayemi, CP and DSS Director said: “The purpose of government is to provide security for lives and property and where this is not done, the said government is considered to have failed the electorate and constitution it swore to protect.
“No Nigerian should be subjected to untold economic hardship and still left without security while struggling to make ends meet. As we grieve the loss of our departed member, we use this medium to remind you of your responsibility to citizens and request that all hands must be on deck to forestall reoccurrence in the state.
“The state government is not oblivious of the activities of these deadly killers between Iwaraja and Aramoko Ekiti, but it saddens us that there is an ongoing criminal silence to act despite the sustained kidnapping and killing around the axis.
“We demand immediate request deployment of troops to comb the area, arrest and bring to justice those who perpetrated this killing. If this dastardly killing could happen to a Lawyer, what do you think will happen to ordinary man. We are all endangered species”, it stated.
Addressing the lawyers, the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, gave a marching order to security chiefs to fish out the killers and make Ekiti save for all and sundry.