A Lagos lawyer, Ms. Uduak Adams has narrated how she was almost lynched by an irate Lagos mob over a false allegation of kidnapping. An initial attempt by the police to rescue her was resisted by the mob, leading to a reinforcement.

Uduak, who was called to the Nigerian Bar last year, told CITY LAWYER that she went in search of an apartment to rent when a woman raised an alarm that she had kidnapped her child.

She said that immediately the woman levied the allegation, the mob pounced on her and beat her mercilessly, leading to multiple injuries to her head and body. According to Uduak, the irate mob was aided by operatives of the O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC), a vigilante service that operates in the city. The child was later brought to the scene by his minder, making the mob to retreat.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect, who is the mother of the allegedly kidnapped child, and an ‘eye-witness’ had been charged to court by the police and remanded at Kirikiri Correctional Centre by the Magistrate’s Court, and the matter adjourned to October 30, 2023 for trial.

Her words: “I feel extremely traumatized; it’s scary. I feel unsafe in Lagos and in Nigeria. The psychological trauma is too much, including the physical damage. The fact that videos of what I didn’t do is circulating on social media, it’s shameful; the accusations, having to be bashed for nothing, my dignity as a lady, as a professional and as human and an innocent citizen of Nigeria has been soiled and torn apart.”

An apparently frightened Uduak said that some sympathizers of the accused persons have been pleading with her to drop the charges, even as others were also threatening her.

The young lawyer told CITY LAWYER that the Nigerian Bar Assoacition has waded into the matter, adding: “Generally, I want justice. Let all the people involved be brought to book. I need serious monetary compensation, public apology circulating in national daily, a counter video, compensation for physical, emotional and psychological trauma and for loss of earnings. I have been unable to go to work ever since. I just returned from hospital.”

She confirmed that the voice note obtained by CITY LAWYER on the attack was hers. CITY LAWYER observed that the matter was trending on X (formerly Twitter) with the hashtag, #JusticeforUduak.

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