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NBA Abuja Branch (Unity Bar) Press Release On The Continued Detention Of Bar Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere

The Nigerian Bar Association Abuja branch (The Unity Bar) has received with shock the disturbing news of the continued detention of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Esq despite a valid and subsisting Court Order made by the Federal High Court per Hon. Justice Taiwo O Taiwo in relation to the pending matter between him.

We have also seen a copy of the enrolled Order by Hon. Justice O. A. Musa of the FCT High Court requesting the security operatives to respect Court Orders in respect of Barr. Ikenga and were further restrained from arresting or detaining him in any manner pending the determination of the motion on notice.

We have observed with great concern contrary to this subsisting order that Barr. Ikenga was arrested on the 18th of June and up till the time of making this Press Release, he is still being held in detention against the Orders of the Honorable Court.

The NBA Abuja Branch, (The Unity Bar) therefore, demand the immediate release of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Esq by the Security operatives in obedience to the Orders of the Court.

We find it rather strange and a bit discomforting that a legal practitioner would still remain in custody despite a valid Court Order for his release. This is unacceptable, unconstitutional and an abuse of his fundamental rights and it is hereby rejected.

We therefore condemn in very strong terms the continued detention of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere Esq. We also condemn in the strongest terms, the act of impunity and disrespect to the Courts and their judgments and Orders. We must all strive to respect the rule of law and constituted authorities.

Having said that, I am very confident that the Inspector General of Police and the DG Department for State Security would intervene in the matter and he would be released immediately.

Thank you and God Bless.
Hauwa E. Shekarau Esq.
Chairman, NBA Abuja Branch (The Unity Bar)

20th June 2020

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