In a related development, media aide to state chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Jerry Needam, said he escaped death in the early hours of Saturday when unknown gunmen stormed his residence in Port Harcourt.
He said the Police were immediately alerted about the development after the gunmen numbering about four sped off in a speed boat.
Meanwhile, the, NBA, and Pan African Lawyers Union, PALU, yesterday, expressed shock at the abduction of Mr. Okey Wali, on Saturday and called for his release.
“Wali is a man of peace who has not only contributed immensely to the enthronement of rule of law and protection of human rights, but also to the development of our nation. It is, therefore, saddening that he should become a kidnap victim.
Vice President, West Africa, of PALU, Mr Emeka Obegolu, in a statement, said: “We received with a sense of foreboding, the news of the abduction of Mr. Wali. We call on the security agencies in Nigeria to ensure the immediate release of this committed African Bar leader and his safe return to his family.”
He said: “We appeal to those responsible for his kidnap to release him unarmed. He has lived his life for the nation having contributed his quota for the building as the NBA president for two years.”
Ubani, condemned the abduction.
In a telephone interview, Ubani who pleaded with the abductors to release the man unconditionally, wondered why Wali, who according to him was not a politician, could be kidnapped.
Prof. Itse Sagay SAN, blamed kidnapping in the country on those in government, especially the PDP. He said:
“Those in government, especially in PDP, are the root cause of this problem. Kidnapping is a terrible disease that Nigeria is experiencing from criminal characters who want to make money without working for it.