Posted by News Express | 23 March 2021 | 492 times
By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Lawyers in Anambra State on Monday stormed the Agu-Awka Government House to protest the increasing level of insecurity in the state.
News Express reports that a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Onitsha, Frank Onwuachi was recently abducted and killed by a yet to be identified gunmen.
The lawyers, under the aegis of Committee of chairman and secretaries of NBA, called on the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to immediately address the worsening insecurity in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the lawyers, the Chairman of Onitsha NBA, Onyechi Ononye, said lawyers in the state could no longer go to court due to increasing rate of security challenges in the state.
He said: “Our member was kidnapped and killed the other day by unknown gunmen. Some security formations were attacked and operatives were killed while their weapons were carted away.
“We cannot travel to court because of challenging security situation, it is getting worse every day.”
Responding on behalf of the state governor, the Secretary to the State Government, Solo Chukwulobelu, said that what had happened in the last one week was a wake-up call to all in the state.
He described security as everybody's business saying that a joint security task force has moved into action to ensure that such deadly acts do not occur again,
Chukwudobelu said: “Security is everyone’s business, you in the NBA, the various communities in the state, let us join hands together and fight it.
“Security is not just the government business alone, everybody must do something to ensure the security network in the state is improved.”
While saying that the community vigilante groups, as well as leaders of town unions, have been briefed on what do, he said that a joint security task force has moved into action to ensure that such deadly acts do not occur again in the state.
•The protesting lawyers . . . on Monday in Awka. PHOTO: PAMELA EBOH / News Express Nigeria.
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