Lawyers in Imo State have called on the Federal Government to intervene in the kidnap of Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme of an Appeal Court sitting in Benin.
The lawyers expressed made the call while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in separate interviews in Owerri on Wednesday.
Chinonso Chikaire, one of the lawyers, expressed worry over the kidnap of Mrs Nwosu-Iheme and called on security agencies and other concerned bodies to weigh in on the matter.
Mr Chikaire said that swift action was required to send the right message to the kidnappers and salvage the image of the country.
“It is worrisome that no word has been heard from the abductors yet.
“This is the more reason why the Federal government and its concerned agencies should intervene to salvage the image of Nigeria,” he said.
Another lawyer, Blessing Iweajunwa, noted that the boycott of court proceedings by Imo chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) since Monday was a step in the right direction.
According to her, the move will enable relevant agencies of government to come to terms with the reality of Mrs Nwosu-Iheme’s abduction and its underlying consequences.
“Boycotting court proceedings for the sake of a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal and former Judge of Imo High Court is a step in the right direction, it will send a message.
“The consequences of this abduction are gruel not just for the judiciary but more so for Nigeria, “ she said.
NAN reports that the NBA in Imo boycotted court sittings in the state since Monday in protest for the kidnap of Mrs Nwosu-Iheme.
The Appeal Court judge, who hails from Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State, was kidnapped last Wednesday on the Benin-Agbor expressway while her orderly lost his life in the process.