Dozens of lawyers took to the streets in protest over rising insecurity and the killing of one of their colleagues by armed robbers in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on Monday.
The lawyers, who are members of the Yenagoa and Sagbama branches of the Nigerian Bar Association, took what they called a ‘solemn protest walk’ through the streets of Yenagoa.
Decked in black attire, the lawyers also marched to the offices of the state’s Commissioner of Police and the state’s Director of the Department of State Services to register their displeasure at the killing and declining security situation in the state in general and in Yenagoa metropolis in particular.
The lawyers also tasked the security agencies to immediately bring to book, the hoodlums who murdered their colleague, Pumokumo Abel Ozi, who until his death was a member of the Human Rights Committee in the state.
Ozi was killed by armed men suspected to be armed robbers on January 16, at the Opolo end of the Mbiama-Yenagoa Road, just a few metres from the Police Area Command in broad daylight.
The gunmen had reportedly trailed the lawyer from the bank where he had gone to withdraw money and shot him for refusing to cooperate with them.
After shooting him, they also shot his driver and the two other occupants of the car and took way N2m.
The chairman of the Yenagoa branch of the NBA, Clement Buruboyefe, said, “The purpose of today’s protest is to call on all security agencies, not just the police, but other stakeholders in the security of the state to beef up security, not just in Yenagoa, but in Bayelsa in general.
“We have also pointedly call on the police to investigate and apprehend the killers of our colleague and bring them to book, that is the essence of this action.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Sagbama branch of the NBA, Dise Ogbise-Erhisere, said the protest was a solemn walk by members of both branches of the NBA in the state to protest the high rate of insecurity in the state.