Happening In Nigeria
The body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) yesterday implored the federal government to consider the activities of IPOB as an extra ordinary challenge that equally requires an extra ordinary response.
Chief T.J. Onomigbo Okpoko (SAN) who represented the most senior SAN in the country and chairman of the body of benchers, Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN), stated this yesterday when he delivered an address on behalf of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria at the special session of the Supreme Court to mark the opening of the 2017/2018 Legal Year and induction of new members of the Inner Bar (SANs).
He said the federal government must not just wait to react after the commission of criminal acts but must t begin to put in place some preventive measures, such as the categorization of the IPOB as terrorist group by the military and the proscription of the group’s activities by the South East governors.
He insisted that the freedom of citizens must go to the second place when it collides with the security of the nation and the freedom of its citizens to go about their daily lives without the fear or threat of kidnapping, abduction or terrorist attacks.
Okpoko pointed out that detaining or restricting the movement of a potential terrorist may prevent him from carrying out all his dastardly plans and save or protect a potential victim.
While craving for excuse to speak on behalf of the majority of the voiceless people of the country on issues of insecurity affecting them, he said the media are replete with reports of kidnapping of citizens, abduction of citizens for no reason other than to demand and receive ransom for the release of victims of kidnap or abduction who are fortunate to have survived their ordeal.