Forty eight hours after an Ibadan-based lawyer, Barrister Musibau Adetunbi and his driver were kidnapped; their abductors are yet to contact any of his family members or colleagues.
A colleague of the legal practitioner, who was kidnapped in Iwaraja in Osun state on Monday on his way to Akure told Veloxnews that up till now, no information of the where about of the legal practitioner has been received.
Veloxnews recalls that Adetunbi and his driver were kidnapped by some unknown gunmen on Monday. They were kidnapped in Iwaraja in Osun state, on their way to Court of Appeal in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Chairman of the Ibadan branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Oluwole Akintayo, who confirmed the kidnap maintained that the incident has been reported to the Osun State Police command.
Akintayo said, “Mr. Musibau Adetunmbi was travelling on Monday to Ondo State to appear in a matter he had in Akure, Ondo State for Tuesday morning when the incident happened. He was in the car with his driver and other team members when his vehicle was ambushed by suspected kidnappers.
“Other team members were asked to alight, while they drove him and his driver to an unknown destination. We went to the spot where the incident happened today (Tuesday) and there was no trace yet of his whereabouts.
“We reported the matter to the Osun State Police Command. Unfortunately, no contact has been established with us or his family by his kidnappers”.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the Osun state police command, Folasade Odoro, who confirmed the incident to Veloxnews in a telephone conversation Tuesday evening, however added that the Osun state police command was working to rescue the legal practitioner.
But, two days after they were kidnap, their abductors are yet to contact any of their family members.
A close colleague of the legal practitioner who spoke in confidence with Veloxnews, said that the whereabouts of the legal practitioner and his driver still remain unknown.
The legal practitioner, who said that he and Adetunbi were in the same meeting last month, told Veloxnews that Adetunbi is one of the prominent members of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter.
He said, “None of his family members or colleagues has been contacted. They are yet to call anybody. Up till now, we have not receive any message. They are yet to call any of his family members. If they do so, we will know.
“I don’t want to speak much abut his abduction. I know his very well. He is a member of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter. He is one of us. In fact we were in the same meeting last month”.
Chairman of NBA in Ibadan, Dr. Oluwole Akintayo when asked to speak, informed Veloxnews on Wednesday that the family solicits the prayers of Nigerians in securing the release of the legal practitioner and his driver.
Akintayo told Veloxnews that, ” Thank you. The bar is in touch with the family. The family solicits the prayers of Nigerians and other well meaning people in securing the release of our colleague and driver.
“The family does not want any publicity that could be counterproductive. This is what I can say right now”.