Ezekwesili, Odinkalu withdraws from NBA conference in Sokoto over murder of Deborah | NN NEWS

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Following the lynching of a female student in the Sokoto state, Oby Ezekwesili, former education minister, and an international human rights attorney, Chidi Odinkalu, have pulled out of participation of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) event scheduled in the State.

Deborah Samuel, a Christian 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, was killed by Muslims mobs for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The Bring Back Our Girls convener is one of the speakers for a special panel at the annual programme, which is scheduled to hold from Sunday, May 22 to Thursday, May 26, 2022.

“I have decided to withdraw my speaking commitment to @NigBarAssoc for its event holding in Sokoto,” she tweeted on Friday. “I was billed to speak from abroad via Zoom but even now will no longer do so. NBA should seize this moment to reflect on how relevant its actions are in a troubled democracy.”

The former minister asked the NBA’s President, Olumide Akpata, to ensure the association engage in judicial activism for Deborah and others who had suffered the same fate as her.

“This would have been my session at the @NigBarAssoc conference in Sokoto: I shall no longer participate. NBA owes citizens like #DeborahSamuel #EuniceOlawale #BridgetAgbaheme the judicial activism to enforce Justice. It is not late. Start now @OlumideAkpata. Thank you,” she wrote.

Also, Odinkalu said he would no longer be part of the Section on Public Interest and Development Law, SPIDEL, conference in the state.

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