The youths numbering 19 were detained for two days, while others arrested within Upper Sakponba and other areas within Benin.*
*This ugly development led to the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Olumide Akpata, who mandated the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Benin branch Pius Oiwoh, Esq, The Special Assistant to the National President, Mr. Ogaga Emoghwanre, Esq and the Chairman of the public Defenders Committee Mr. Mathew Edaghase. This Committee was led by an egghead, the Hon. Attorney General of Edo State and the commissioner of Justice Hon. Prof. Yinka Omorogbe.*
*They eloquently intervened and ensured the release of the protesters. Upon the mandate of the President of the NBA, Mr. Olumide Akpata, Esq.*
*At the meeting, the delegation engaged the Commissioner of Police, Edo State command in very serious discussions that lasted for over 3 hours. The Hon. Attorney General reiterated the fact that the right to protest is constitutionally guaranteed and persuaded the Commissioner of Police to release the detained protesters. The Commissioner of Police on his part agreed to release all the protesters whom could be verified as genuine peaceful protesters.*
*The NBA's intervention in this matter has reassured members of the NBA, the public and Nigerians that their constitutionally guaranteed rights to protest is sacrosanct.*
*The NBA, remains vigilant in the campaign and promises to closely monitor and protect the rights of lawyers and Nigerians in general, so as to ensure that intending protesters are not unjustly punished.
Publicity Secretary, NBA Benin.