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Justice Marcel Okoh who was newly sworn in as Justice
in Delta state has been kidnapped. Justice Okoh,
a former Director General of Public Prosecution, DPP who hails from Umunede in
Ika South Local Government area was kidnapped by some gunmen at Oria-Abraka in
Ethiope East LGA of the state on his way to Warri. The gunmen allegedly
trailed him from Umunede along the Benin-Asaba expressway in his SUV and was
abducted at Oria. Delta State Police Command, Mr. Charles Muka who
confirmed the incident also said the SUV has been found but no trace of the
protest in Asaba – Vanguard
Lawyers in Asaba on Friday took to the streets in protest against Mondayï¿½s
kidnap of a judge of the stateï¿½s High Court, disrupting courtsï¿½ proceedings in
lawyers, under the auspices of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and numbering
more than 40, barricaded Magistrates Courts premises on Ibusa Road, at 8.30
barred court workers and magistrates from entering the court halls.
Justice Marcel Okoh, was allegedly abducted by a gang of armed men at Abraka,
Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta on his way to Warri also in Delta.
Magistrate, Mr Sylvester Ehikwe, and some workers, who were already in their
offices were forced to abandon their duties by the protesting lawyers.
lawyers said that there would be no court sittings in the state till the judge
detainees brought to the court by prisons officials for their various cases
were also turned back by the protesting lawyers.
Lawrence Egodike, one of the protesters, said that the state branch of
NBA had resolved that none of its members would appear in any court untill Okoh
also said that the courts would not be allowed to sit, and called on the state
government and security agencies to ensure that the victim was alive and
implored the authorities to fish the kidnappers of the judge, regretting that
the rate of abduction in the state was rising at an alarming rate.
the Commissioner of Police in the state nor the Commandï¿½s spokesman could be
reached for update on the judgeï¿½s fate. (NAN).