The Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs. Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye has waded into the case of embattled young lawyer, Ms. Uduak Adams who was nearly lynched by an irate mob in Surulere, Lagos over a false alarm that she kidnapped a child.
Following the report by CITY LAWYER on Uduak’s plight, top aides of the minister reached out to the blog on the matter.
A senior lawyer, Ohanenye told CITY LAWYER that she was saddened by Uduak’s plight, adding that “We are interested in seeing that justice is done in the matter.”
It is recalled that the minister had recently waded into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Prof. Cyril Ndifon, the suspended Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Calabar (UNICAL), vowing that anyone found culpable would be brought to justice.
Uduak had told CITY LAWYER in an exclusive interview that immediately a woman levied the allegation of kidnapping, 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 her personal dignity was trampled upon by the mob, 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.”
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