A lawyer who is believed to be an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Enugu Branch (ENBAR) is spending the sixth day in the hot embrace of his captors, CITY LAWYER can report.

Mr. Ejike Ugwu was whisked away to an unknwon destination by gunmen believed to be kidnappers around Emene in the outskirts of Enugu.

An impeccable source who confirmed the incident told CITY LAWYER that the kidnappers had made contact with his family and demanded for ransom. A ranking member of the branch also confirmed the incident.

In a post titled “IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM DAVID NGWEE CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION,” one of the candidates in the forthcoming NBA Enugu Branch Elections, Mr. David Ngwee said he was suspending his campaign as a mark of respect for the embattled lawyer.

In the post obtained by CITY LAWYER, Ngwee wrote: “Learned Colleagues. Information reaching me by 6 pm today is that one of our dear friend and respected colleague; Ejike Ugwu Esq was kidnapped and has been in the custody of the Assailants/hoodlums since Saturday, 8th day of June, 2024.”

He stated that “while we pray believing God for his rescue, we condemn in a very strong term such evil act of man’s inhumanity to man, and suspend with immediate effect any form of our campaign either through publications of our campaign materials through WhatsApp or text message till further notice. Every member of DAVID NGWEE SUPPORT GROUP is called upon to abide by this directive.”

CITY LAWYER recalls that some lawyers have recently fallen into the hands of kidnappers. Lawyers under the aegis of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) branches in Anambra State embarked on a strike recently to deplore the menace.

The one-day boycott of courts was to press home their demand for release of their colleague, Mr. Chukwubuikem Azoro, the Secretary of NBA Idemili Branch who was whisked away by gunmen at Abagana around 8:30 pm last Saturday. The lawyers vowed not to defend kidnap suspects until further notice.

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