October 25, 2014

Former NBA President, regains freedom after 13 days in captivity

Former NBA President, regains freedom after 13 days in captivity

Okey Wali

Next month, he will come to London to meet business leaders and Mayor Boris Johnson’s officials, wooing investors with talk of how he has spent the last seven years building new transport hubs and gleaming business parks.

Yet arguably his biggest achievement in office took place just last week, and was done without a bulldozer in sight. That was when his country was officially declared free of Ebola, which first spread to Nigeria three months ago when Patrick Sawyer, an infected Liberian diplomat, flew into Lagos airpor

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Thirteen days after he was abducted in Port Harcourt by unknown gunmen, the immediate past National President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Okey Wali, SAN, on Thursday night, regained his freedom.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad said he was released Thursday night.

It would be recalled that the former NBA president was taken hostage 14 days ago in his Rumualogu area of Obio Akpor Local Government area, Rivers State. He was on his way to see his brother when he was allegedly abducted.

Okey Wali

Okey Wali

In a statement he issued in Abuja yesterday, his successor in office, Mr. Augustine Alegeh, SAN, disclosed that Wali was released from captivity around 11pm.

“I have personally spoken to him and can confirm that he is hale, hearty and in good spirit”, Alegeh stated.

He said that Wali expressed his thanks and appreciation to members of the Bar and Bench, the security agencies, friends and family for their concern, support and prayers during the period of his ordeal, even as he thanked God for his safe release.

The NBA President commended members of the legal body “for keeping calm throughout this period and not taking any steps that may have directly or indirectly jeopardised the efforts for his safe release which have now yielded positive results”.

Though Alegeh failed to disclose how much the kidnappers collected as ransom to free the abducted ex-President of the association, he however thanked security agencies  for the efforts they made towards Wali’s release.

“The Nigerian Bar also wishes to place on record its appreciation of the efforts of the security agencies in securing the safe release of Okey Wali, SAN. The Director General of the State Security Services [SSS], the Inspector General of Police and the SSS State Directors and Police Commissioners in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta and Edo states who worked tirelessly to secure his safe release deserve special mention.

“While we celebrate the safe release of Okey Wali  we must hasten to reiterate the fact that the spate of kidnappings and general state of insecurity in Our Country is cause for great concern.