By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN — Justice Daniel Okungbowa of the Edo State High Court has been kidnapped.
This incident happened less than three weeks after the release of a human rights activist and lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhomhe, SAN, by his abductors.
Justice Okungbowa was reportedly kidnapped in Benin City, the state capital, while his whereabouts remain unknown at press time.
Meanwhie, the Benin branch of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, led by its Chairman, Mr. Oriame Akene led lawyers to protest to the Edo State Police Command office and the Department of Security Service, DSS, where they demanded for the release of the abducted judge unhurt.
The lawyers described the Judge’s kidnap as one too many and appealed to the security agencies to do something about it.
When contacted, Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, denied that the judge was kidnapped, noting that it was merely a case of missing person.
Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Eguavoen, who responded to the lawyers demand, said that the police was working hard to ensure that the judge was released unhurt.
It will be recalled that recently, the wife, daughter and driver of Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour of the Supreme Court were kidnapped in Benin, Edo State.
The gunmen reportedly waylaid the woman, her daughter and their driver at gunpoint as they were driving to Benin, in preparation for Justice Vivour daughter’s wedding.
It was learnt that that Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour and her daughter were kept in a house in Upper Sakpoba area of Benin City from where the suspects were arrested.