By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Following the killing of an Ekiti based lawyer and the secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Ikole Branch, Mr. Adeola Adebayo by kidnappers few days ago, the Ekiti Bar has decided to boycott all courts for one week to mourn the untimely death of their colleague.
The legal practitioners however conveyed the notice of boycott of the courts in a letter dated December 3, 2018 and signed by Mr. Temidayo Akeredolu, Secretary of the Joint Committee of Ekiti Bar.
The lawyers addressed the letter to the Chief Registrar, Ekiti State Judiciary, and made its copies available to the Chief Judge, all Judges, all Magistrates and all Customary Court Presidents.
The letter entitled: “Re: Kidnap and Eventual Killing of Adeola Adebayo Esq, Notice of Boycott of all Courts in Ekiti State” explained that the action of the lawyers was “on the authorisation and approval of the Joint Committee of Ekiti Bar.”
They stated that a street protest was organised on Monday, December 3rd “to request for immediate arrest and prosecution of the bloodthirsty harbingers of death that kidnapped and killed Adeola Adebayo.”
They had marched to the governor’s office, the Ekiti police command headquarters and the office of the Department of State Services (DSS) and had delivered a letter to the various authorities in which their demand for the arrest and prosecution of the bandits were stressed.
They said the boycott was in furtherance to the street protest, saying “all lawyers unanimously at a congress which took place after the protest,resolved to stay away/boycott all courts for one week starting from the 4th of December, 2018.”
“This is to further drive home our request as stated above and to also demand that government should take responsibility for the security of lives and property.”
Adeola Adebayo was kidnapped in November 17th and his decomposed body was found on December 1, after they said they had paid a ransom amounting to millions of Naira.