Benin City — The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Benin-city branch has warned those still holding the Executive Director of Ogba Zoo and Natures Park, Benin-city, Edo State, and Benin ace musician, Ambassador Osayomore Joseph, to release them immediately or it will withdraw its services to kidnap and armed robbery suspects in the state.
The lawyers in a communique signed by their Chairman, Ede Asenoguan, and Secretary, Osazuwa Omonuwa, and made available to journalists in Benin-city, condemned the spate of insecurity in state.
The NBA also disclosed plans to convene a security summit where all relevant stakeholders would converge to brainstorm and fashion out the way forward.
Reviewing the security situation in the state, the body urged the state police command to "sharpen its strategies with a view to adequately confronting the security challenge being foisted on the state by clandestine activities of these hoodlums. Those responsible for the kidnap and continued captive of Ehanire and Osayomore should release them immediately and unconditionally."
According to the communique, "The Bar shall be forced to resume the withdrawal of its services to kidnap and armed robbery suspects in the state if the situation does not improve. That concerted efforts of all other security agencies in the state should work in tandem with the state police command to confront these twin evil of kidnapping and armed robbery currently ravaging the peace of the state.
"All residents of the state should be sensitive and ready to assist all the security agencies with relevant information in order to flush out the activities of these criminal-minded persons in our midst."