Edo State: Human Rights Lawyer and Activist Mike Ozekhome Kidnapped

Aug. 24, 2013


Kidnappers in Edo State struck in the afternoon yesterday in the southern parts of Edo state, seizing  renowned human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome.

Edo state officials told Saharareporters that Mr. Ozekhome was kidnapped by armed gangs prowling the Benin -Auchi road around 3:00 PM at Ehor near Ekpoma.

The kidnappers have not made any contacts with Mr. Ozekhome’s family.

However, Public Interest Lawyers League, an NGO based in Abuja Nigeria has condemned the kidnap of Mr. Ozekhome stating that his seizure by unknown gunmen was due to the growing insecurity in Edo and Nigeria in general.

A statement signed by PILL’s president, Abdul Mamhud, urged the kidnappers to free Mr. Ozekhome immediately.

The statement described Mr. Ozekhome as a “suave, outspoken Lagos lawyer whose contributions to constitutional and public laws are well two known.”

Mr. Ozekhome who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria hails from Edo State.