A former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Abuja, Desmond Yamah have condemned the threat against human right activist, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, SAN, as a threat to every Nigerian.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Yamah said “I received the news of the threats issued against the life of our Mr. Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN, a cerebral rights advocate and a Senior Member of the Bar with great shock and disbelief.
“Mr. Adegboruwa sat as a member of the Lagos State Panel investigating rights abuses by the police, popularly known as the ENDSARS PANEL, following his appointment by the Government of Lagos State.
“There was absolutely no obligation to accept this awesome task that saw him temporarily abandon his flourishing law practice to take on this noble but incredibly difficult and thankless task, but in his characteristic altruism, Mr. Adegboruwa rose to the occasion, accepted this call to duty and worked assiduously with other members of the panel to produce what has been hailed internationally as an unimpeachable outcome of the panel.
“I Desmond Yamah, unequivocally condemn any threat from any quarters and state categorically that any threat of any nature to Mr. Adegboruwa, particularly any threat arising from his role as a member of the ENDSARS PANEL is a threat to ALL Nigerians and a threat to every member of the Nigerian Bar Association in particular.
I therefore call on the Government of Lagos State, the Federal Government of Nigeria and all the security agencies to consider the threats issued against Mr. Adegboruwa seriously and immediately initiate investigations into the source thereof and neutralize it promptly.
“I join my voice to the voices of all well-meaning Nigerians who are watching this ugly development and will continue to voice our support for the supremacy of the Rule of Law in Nigeria.
“Every citizen has the right, like Adegoruwa, to participate in national discourse as fearlessly represented by Mr. Adegboruwa, and hold every organ of state accountable to the protection and preservation of the lives, security and well-being of Nigerians.”