From Jimoh Ahmed, IkareAkoko
The Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) Owo branch, has declared that it is now an offence for any of its members to defend clients suspected to be involved in kidnapping case.
The branch chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Ahmed, disclosed this during a protest over incessant kidnappings in the area.
The Hope Metro observed, members of the NBA, Owo branch had recently embarked on a protest march on major streets and some locations in the town.
During the protest, they visited the Olowo’s palace, Mobil roundabout, the Owo Area Command of the Nigeria Police and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, whose member of staff was killed by unknown gunmen.
Ahmed pointed out that all routes were no longer safe for commuters in the area and that it becomes imperative for lawyers to stop defending kidnapping suspects for the tide of the criminal act to be stemmed.
He noted that government had failed in its responsibility of providing security to the citizens, while security agencies in the country are not living up to their responsibilities.
He called on both the state and the Federal Governments to declare a state of emergency on kidnapping especially on Owo road and in the entire country.