Lawyer wrongfully accused of kidnapping boy after going to inspect a house



A lawyer was attacked by locals who accused her of being a kidnapper when she went to inspect a house in Lagos.

Uduak Adams said a mob nearly killed her after she was wrongly accused of kidnapping a boy on September 16, 2023, on Aborisade Street in the Surulere area of Lagos State.

She told Punch that she visited the area to inspect a house she wanted to rent and she asked a boy there for directions.

She said that she was shocked when a few minutes after she left the spot where she spoke with the boy, his mother approached her and accused her of kidnapping him from their compound.

The woman’s shout attracted people who descended on her.

“Immediately, people gathered. They carried planks, and sticks, dragged me, and didn’t give me a chance to explain. They dragged me and started beating me,” she told the publication.

She continued: “The crowd brought tyres and wanted to burn me. They told me that I was going to die, that even the police and Army could not save me. They said they were about to kill me and I should start saying my last prayers.”

Adams narrated that as they kept beating her, the boy returned and explained that he and his friends only assisted her in locating a house and then left her to go and play football. At this point, the crowd started dispersing and the mother started begging.

Policemen from Itire Police Division were said to have immediately arrested some of the attackers including the boy’s mother.

The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos State chapter, Bisi Makanjuola, said, “The NBA Lagos is looking at the case and we will do all that we can to ensure that she gets justice and that she is rehabilitated.”

Uduak Adam is not demanding justice for the attack.

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