It appears the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Okey Wali, SAN, who was kidnapped at gun-point on Monday, April 17th, 2023, along the East-West highway, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Port Harcourt, has finally regained his freedom from the kidnappers.
A source, according to City Lawyer, said he has spoken with the embattled former NBA President, adding that he is in “good spirits.”
He however noted that Mr. Wali is currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed facility.
The ex-NBA President, who is the 26th President of the NBA, may have made contact with his family around 1pm today, as it was gathered that he was still with the kidnappers as at last night.
NBA President, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, OON, SAN had recently visited Wali’s family in Port Harcourt.
According to a statement 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.
“The President of the NBA and delegation also paid a courtesy call on the Chairman Body of Benchers, Hon. Justice Mary Odili, JSC Rtd, at her residence. The Chairman of the Body of Benchers appreciated the President and the delegation for the visit. Discussion centered on the promotion of the rule of law and the justice sector.”
Source: City Lawyer