Kidnappers have released the immediate past President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN).
The incumbent president of the NBA, Mr. Augustine Alegeh (SAN), said in a statement that Wali was released at about 11pm on Thursday.
Wali, who was abducted in Port Harcourt on October 11, was said to have been released “hale, hearty and in good spirit.”
Alegeh said, “The 26th President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali, SAN, was at about 11pm tonight (Thursday) 23rd October, 2014 released by his abductors after thirteen  days in captivity. I have personally spoken to him and can confirm that he is hale, hearty and in good spirit.
“He expresses his thanks and appreciation to members of the Bar and Bench, the security agencies, friends and family for their concern, support and prayers during the period of his ordeal. He gives glory to God for his safe release.
“The Nigerian Bar Association is greatly delighted by the safe release of Okey Wali (SAN) and wishes to express appreciation to all NBA members and well-meaning Nigerians who supported the Bar and the Okey Wali family during this trying period.
“We must also commend NBA members for keeping calm throughout this period and not taking any steps that may have directly or indirectly jeopardised the efforts for his safe release which have now yielded positive results.”
While commending the various security agencies for the safe release of Wali, the NBA also challenged the government to be alive to its responsibility of addressing the increasing spate of insecurity in the country.