An ultimatum has been issued by the Benin branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to kidnap and robbery suspects in the state, that they would cease to represent them in court if the director of the Ogba zoo, Andy Ehanire, and ace musician, Osayomore Joseph, were not immediately released.
The lawyers made their position known in a statement signed by Barr. Ede Asenoguan, Chairman, NBA, Benin chapter; and Osazuwa Omonuwa, the group’s secretary.
The statement released to journalists read: "Those responsible for the kidnap and continued abduction of Mr Ehanire and Ambassador Osayomore Joseph should release them immediately and unconditionally.
“That the Bar shall be forced to resume the withdrawal of her services to kidnap and armed robbery suspects in the state if the situation does not improve.
“That concerted efforts of all other security agencies in the state should work in tandem with the Edo state Police Command to confront these twin evil of kidnapping and armed robbery currently ravaging the peace of the state.
“That all residents of the state should be sensitive and ready to assist all the security agencies with relevant information in order to flush out the activities of these criminal minded persons in our midst.”