Ondo Lawyers Vow Not To Defend Bandits


Irked by increasing banditry in Ondo State, lawyers under the auspices of the Nigerian Bar Association, Owo branch, have vowed not to represent in court any kidnapper or bandit caught in the act.

The lawyers said they took the decision as part of the efforts to tackle crimes in the state.

The NBA Chairman in the branch, Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, said this on Monday while speaking with journalists at the commencement of the branch’s 2019 Law Week in Owo.

He said, “The Owo NBA branch will not defend anyone arrested for kidnapping and the resolution stands even as some of our colleagues said it was unconstitutional.

“We are still calling the government to secure the lives and property of the people and one of the ways is to ensure that our roads are passable and motorable.

“Our position still remains that governors should be ready to pay the ransom demanded by kidnappers. Maybe if they are doing that, they will be up to their responsibility to provide adequate security in their respective states.”

On the 2019 Law Week, Ahmed said the maiden NBA Owo Law week was tailored in line with law week celebrations across the globe, stressing that the annual programme was to promote public understanding of the law and its role in the society. [PUNCH]


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