I received with great shock and deep sense of grief, the murder of my friend and junior colleague, Awa Peter Awa. It was heartbreaking and devastating. You are too young to be targeted by any person or group of persons. I don’t want to believe that this is the Will of God. No doubt, death is a necessary end for every living being, but to be gruesomely murdered by faceless people at this tender age is unacceptable.

You are known to be a quiet, gentle and friendly person who cannot hurt a fly. Always dedicated to your duties. Peter, your death has reminded us that we are in a perilous time, where our brothers who should care for our well being and affection turn to be our murderers. I therefore ask as in the Holy Bible, “who then is our neighbor”?

Just last week a colleague was kidnapped in NBA Idemili Branch, Anambra State. Today, a colleague is gruesomely murdered in Ihiala. Something is definitely wrong somewhere.

Have we become endangered species? What is the motive behind all these killings and kidnappings involving our colleagues? I call on all the security agencies and our hard working governor, Prof. Charles Soludo to arrest these security challenges within the state and ensure that our lives and properties are protected.

My deepest condolences go to his family and to all lawyers especially in NBA Ihiala Branch. I pray that no lawyer in Anambra State in particular and Nigeria in general shall be murdered or kidnapped again in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!

May the soul of Awa Peter Awa, a quiet and jolly good fellow whose life was cut short at his prime and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Sabastine Anyia Esq
Former chairman NBA, Aguata Branch
Former Chairman of Chairmen, 8 branches of NBA Anambra State

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