Murdered Lawyer: EKSG Tasks Police To Fish Out Killers
Government of Ekiti State has tasked the police and other security agents in the State to fish out killers of the Ikole lawyer, Mr. Adeola Adebayo.
Adebayo who was the Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ikole Branch, was reportedly killed by suspected kidnappers after being abducted for over one week and was killed in Kogi State after his Call to Bar Ceremony in Abuja.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, while addressing NBA members during a protest march to the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti on the killings of their members said he was personally pained by the gruesome killings of these citizens of Ekiti State.
Egbeyemi also assured that measures had already been put in place to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
The Deputy Governor maintained that the Fayemi administration prioritized the safety of the people assuring that machinery were already in place to curb a repeat of such heinous crime.
Attributing the recent spate of kidnapping in the state to poor motivation of security agencies in the last four years, Egbeyemi stressed that measures put in place during Governor Kayode Fayemi’s first tenure was discarded by the immediate past administration.
The Deputy Governor added that the state government would partner traditional rulers and other community leaders to ensure security of
lives and properties in their domains.
Egbeyemi said: “We have taken the matter of Adebayo and others very seriously, when the report got to the governor, he arranged for people to go to the place and ordered the Commissioner of Police and the Army to take part in the rescue mission.
“Apart from that, we are reliably informed that Ikere, Ogbese, Erio, Aramoko, Igbara Odo and Iju had allegedly become dens for suspected kidnappers.
“Notwithstanding, we are going to order policemen and other security agencies to be drafted to those areas and the Obas, as you have
rightly said, in those areas would be involved.
“I want to tell you that this government has the security of the people in mind and we are going to ensure that everyone, not only lawyers, is secured.
“We are very sad about what is happening in the state security wise and we are sad about what happened at Abuja.
“The boy (Adesina Okeya) who was called to the Bar last week, was kidnapped and died thereafter. We have sent to Abuja that the case must be handled seriously and we are not leaving any stone unturned.”
Earlier, Chairman, NBA, Ikere Branch, Mrs. Oludayo Olorunfemi, appealed to the government to comb the suspected kidnapper’s dens in the state, arrest and bring to justice perpetrators of kidnappings and killings.
Lamenting the recent rate of kidnapping in the state, Mrs. Olorunfemi called on the traditional rulers not to be comfortable that their domains had become hideouts for criminals.
She said: “It is enough, our lives matter as lawyers; we are part of these communities and we want to feel safe to be able to discharge our duties as responsible citizens of Nigeria.”
The lawyers, who all wore black, carried placards condemning the kidnap and killings of their colleagues.