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Kidnapped lawyer freed

THE Ughelli based legal practitioner, Mr Stewart Egedegbe, who was kidnapped  Saturday night, has been released after three days in the den of his kidnappers.

Worried by the situation, the Ughelli Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, had, yesterday, staged a protest against the rising spate of insecurity in the country.

Carrying placards with inscriptions, such as ‘Say no to kidnapping,’ ‘Security system has failed,’ ‘Say no to insecurity,’ among others, the protesters urged security agents to step up efforts towards securing the lives and property of Nigerians.

Chief Peter Wanogho, who spoke on behalf of the NBA at the Ughelli Police Area Command and the Palace of the Ovie of Ughelli, HRM Oharisi III, noted that the state of insecurity of lives and property has become pervasive in the country.

Wanogho, a one-time chairman of the branch, said,  “we are not unaware of unaccounted assassinations in the country. We are not unaware of cases of kidnappings. When kidnapping started in the Niger Delta, a lot of people misconstrued it for struggle for resource control. Criminality can never be raised to the status of resource control.”

He noted that the government had failed in its primary responsibility of providing security for its citizens, adding that at the local government level, “security is treated with levity.”


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