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Kidnap, Murder of Lawyers: Anambra NBA Branches Boycott Court Sittings


Lawyers practicing in Anambra State, under all the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) branches in the state have resolved to boycott court sittings for one week.

An official memo sent out to all branches of the association in the state, and signed by the chairman of Committee of Chairmen and Secretaries, NBA Branches, Anambra State., I. C. Nsofor Esq, which was sighted by THE RAZOR stated that the reason was because of the recent kidnap and killing of lawyers in the state.

The memo reminded lawyers in the state that their colleague and secretary of Idemili branch of NBA, C.J.S Azoro, Esq was still in the custody of his captors, after he was kidnapped early this month.

The memo read further, “As if that was not enough, the vice chairman of NBA Ihiala Branch and Principal State Counsel, Awa P. Awa, Esq was gruesomely murdered by unidentified gunmen at Okija on Sunday 19th May, 2024. These are the most recent of attacks on lawyers.

“The recent resurgence of insecurity in the state and targeted attacks on the bar and the bench is worrisome as lawyers are fast becoming endangered species.

“In consequence thereof, following the emergency meeting of the Committee of Chairmen and Secretaries of the Bar branches in Anambra State on Monday 20th May, 2024, it is resolved as follows: there shall be a boycott of courts in Anambra State by lawyers from Tuesday 21st May, 2024 to Monday 27th May, 2024.

“This is to enable lawyers in the state protest and address the state of insecurity in the state as there is palpable fear of insecurity in the state by lawyers and no one knows who may be next.”

The memo stated further that there shall be a peaceful protest of all the lawyers in Anambra State on Thursday (today), followed by a press conference, and that lawyers are to converge at judiciary headquarters, in their High Court attire, without wigs and gowns.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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