Gunmen in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, have abducted Okey Wali (SAN), who was President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) until August.
According to Wali’s successor, Augustine Alegeh, the kidnap happened on Saturday at about 9pm.
“The Nigerian Bar Association has just received shocking news that the 26th President of the NBA, Okey Wali (SAN) was on Saturday October 11, 2014, at about 9pm kidnapped by unknown persons in Port Harcourt, Rivers State,” Alegeh said.
“Okey Wali (SAN) is a man of peace who has not only contributed immensely to the enthronement of rule of law and protection of human rights, but also to the development of our nation. It is therefore saddening that he should become a kidnap victim.”
He described the sad event as yet another reminder of the state of insecurity in which all Nigerians live.
“The NBA calls on the Federal Government to step up efforts to fulfil its primary constitutional role of providing for the welfare and security of all Nigerians,” he added.
“We passionately appeal to his abductors for his immediate and safe release to his family.”
Wali became president of NBA in July 2012 and handed over leadership of the organization to Austin Alege in August 2014.