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Lawyers protest torture, illegal detention of colleague

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—A group of lawyers, under the umbrella of 2013 Class of the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, has condemned the alleged torture and illegal detention of its  member, Miss Chiamaka Nwangwu, by the 3-3 Police Division in Onitsha, Anambra State, saying that the action was an act of intimidation.

The group said Nwangwu was tortured and detained by the Divisional Police Officer of 3-3 Police Division, Nkwelle Ezunaka, when she visited the police station to bail her client.

The group also condemned the action of the chairman of Onitsha Bar, Mr. Ikenna Chibuzor for not intervening to rescue Nwangwu even when he was contacted, saying his attitude did not show signs of good leadership.

A statement issued by the chairman of the group, Ifeanyi Onah, Esq., said the action of the police DPO was condemnable because Miss Chiamaka Nwangwu has never been known or seen to be disrespectful of public institutions, including the Nigeria Police Force.

He said: “We also decry the attitude of Ikenna Chibuzor, the chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onitsha Branch, who conceded and enjoined Miss Nwangwu to write an apology  to her abusers. We state further that the attitude of Mr. Chibuzor betrays good leadership, good conscience and the dignity upon which the legal profession is built.”



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