Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Okey Wali, SAN has been freed from the kidnappers’ den, CITY LAWYER can authoritatively report.

An unimpeachable source told CITY LAWYER that he had spoken with the embattled former NBA President, adding that he is in “good spirits.” There are strong indications that Wali is receiving medical attention in an undisclosed facility.

The former NBA President may have made contact with his family around 1 pm today, as CITY LAWYER gathered that he was still with the kidnappers as at last night.

NBA President, Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN had recently visited Wali’s family in Port Harcourt.

Wali, who is the 26th President of the NBA, was kidnapped at gun-point on Monday, 17th April 2023, along the Obiri Ikwerre flyover on East-West Road, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt.

According to a statement made available to CITY LAWYER by the NBA, “the kidnappers shot and killed one of his aides while two policemen attached to the former NBA President were seriously injured in the incident.

“Mr. Maikyau SAN and his delegation of Chairmen, Secretaries, and other senior members of the Bar from the branches of NBA in Rivers State were received by Mr. Kingsley Wenenda Wali, and Mrs Wali, the younger brother and the wife of the kidnapped former president. The duo commended the NBA President and his delegation for the visit.

“The NBA President expressed his concern over the unfortunate incident and prayed for God’s intervention on the difficulties the family is going through following the kidnap of their beloved one who has paid his dues as a former President of the Bar.

“Prayer session was held for God’s intervention to secure his release. The President urged the family to keep faith in God and believe that Mr Okey Wali SAN would be released to the family by the grace of God Almighty.

“The President and the delegation thereafter paid a courtesy call on the Commissioner of Police Rivers State where the President held a closed door meeting with the CP.”

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