Gunmen abduct two Lawyers in Rivers State

There is unrest among lawyers in Nigeria most especially in Rivers State following the abduction of two of their colleagues in the state.

The victims, identified as Ibim Opusunju and Carol Tolofari, who are the vice chairman and the secretary of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria respectively, were whisked away on Sunday.

They were said to have been abducted at Isiokpo community in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state at about 5pm.

The lawyers were said to have boarded a bus owned by a transportation company, which was conveying passengers to Port Harcourt from Abuja.

Sources said the hoodlums hijacked the bus at Isiokpo and while some passengers were later released, the duo and a few other persons were taken away.

The Chairman JUSUN, Rivers State branch, Mr. George Sokari, called for the release of the two lawyers.

Sokari said, “Ibim Opusunju, the vice chairman of JUSUN; and Carol Tolofari, the secretary of the union, were kidnapped on Sunday on their way to Port Harcourt after attending the National Executive meeting of JUSUN in Abuja.

 “We are appealing to the abductors to release them.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, said the police had intensified efforts to ensure that the lawyers and others were freed.

Meanwhile, an official of the Vehicle Inspection Service, identified simply as Mrs. Owumi, has beed abducted at her home in Amukpe, in the Sapele council area of Delta State.

It was gathered on Wednesday that the victim, who is the wife of a prominent chief in the area, Chief Tony Owumi, was kidnapped on Sunday alongside her children and one of their male tenants, but the hoodlums later freed the other victims.

A VIS officer, who pleaded not to be named said, “The five gunmen waylaid Mrs. Owumi’s car as she drove out of her compound.”

The state police spokesman, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, had yet to react to the incident as of the time of filing this report.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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