Lawyer raises alarm over death threats by ex-militants

Posted by News Express | 24 December 2019 | 624 times

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•Ex-militants during their days in the creeks
A Yenagoa-based female lawyer Ms Edna Ndubuisi, has raised an alarm over persistent threats against her by armed men who claimed to be ex-militants.

The militants are said to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the stipends due to them from commercial banks. They reportedly besieged Ms Ndubuisi’s office on November 19, 2019 armed with pistols and other dangerous weapons to warn her to hands off the case.

Ndubuisi, Managing Solicitor of the law firm, A. S. E. Bisi & Partners, said on Monday that she was compelled to submit a petition to the Bayelsa Police Command and the presiding Judge of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa.

She said that reports by her staff who received the ‘threat message’ indicate that the militants who came on the mission were seven in number.

According to her, the group had accosted her within the Federal High Court premises with similar threats, a development that made her to write a petition to the presiding judge over her plight.

She urged the police to take urgent steps to halt the plans and ensure that the hoodlums do not fulfill their mission adding that she remains undeterred and would pursue her cases to their logical conclusions.

“On November 19, 2019 a group of militants numbering about seven and armed with pistol and other dangerous weapons stormed the office of A. S. E. Bisi & Partners at about 13:00 hours (1pm) demanding to see me. I was at that time attending to my cases in Court.

“The ex-militants were led by a man who simply gave his name as K. F. (and) identified the others as representatives of ex-militants.

“Only two lawyers and the office Secretary were in the office as other lawyers were in Court attending to the office matters.

“They delivered a message through their leader, K. F. to the effect that ‘we shall get her anywhere she runs to, whether within or outside Bayelsa State, and that she and her family have no hiding place anywhere in Nigeria’.

“The genesis of the matter stems from some cases I handled and some other cases currently pending before the Federal High Court and State High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

“The cases involve some members of ex-militants in which the Law Firm is defending some of the Nigerian commercial banks in Yenagoa,” she said


Source: News Express

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