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Improving access to Justice for Pre-trial Detainees

Improving Access to justice for pre-trial detainees in Nigeria Project

Funded by Justice for All- Department for International Development (DFID) British Council, Nigeria

A NULAI-Nigeria Project in partnership with University of Abuja; University of Nigeria Nsukka; Ahmadu Bello University; Abia State University; Ebonyi State University; Nasarawa State University; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba; University of Uyo; Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma; Olabisi Onabanjo University; University of Ilorin; and Nigerian Law School Yola campus Law Clinics.

1200 Pre-trial detainees at Enugu, Kaduna, Zaria, Kuje, Dukpa, Okigwe, Umuahia, Abakaliki, Afipko, Ubiaja, Auchi, Yola, Jimeta, Mandala, Keffi, Eket, Uyo, Ikot-Ekpene, Owo, Ijebu-Ode and Olokuta Prisons to be provided access to justice in 2014.

Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) Law Clinic

on June 30th, 2014 NSUK Law Clinic secured the discharge of Yohana Y. from Prison after 7 months in Prison for stealing 2 mudus (a 5 diameter bowl measurement) of Rice and a bottle of palm oil. He had never been to court since 23rd December, 2013 until a week after he came in contact with the Clinic. The Clinic  reunited him with his wife in Bauchi State who never knew where her husband was since the date of arrest. 

NULAI Nigeria Pre-trial Detainees' Newsletter

 

Abia State University (ABSU) & Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Law Clinics Facilitates the Freedom of 11 Pre-Trial Detainees During Jail Delivery Exercise

On 25 June 2014, the ABSU Law Clinic Team led by Staff Clinician Barr. Emeka Okorafor attended the Afara-Umuahia Prisons for the Jail Delivery exercise of the Chief Judge of Abia State, Hon. Justice Oti. The Clinic presented its clients for consideration and nine (9) of the Clinic's clients  were among those who benefited from the Jail Delivery exercise. Notable cases included: Mr. John B., aged 25yrs- remanded since 2006 was granted bail by the Chief Judge; Ihendu O., 48yrs and Okafor N., 28years both remanded since 2007 and 2006 respectively, were released because no information had been filed against them by the Director of Public Prosecution. 
 
The ABSU Law Clinic has also engaged with a total of 115 pre-trial detainees from Okigwe Prison in Imo State and Umuahia Prison in Abia State. The Clinic is working to improve and enhance access to justice for all before the end of 2014. Click to follow ABSU Law Clinic.

The ABU Law Clinic also participated in Zaria Prison decongestion exercise with Hon. Justice Garba Abdu of the Kaduna State High Court and facilitated the release of two awaiting trial detainees: Yunusa H and Shamsu I. After the exercise, Clinicians had an interactive session with the Honourable Judge.
 
In other developments between January to June 2014, eleven (11) Nigerian Law Clinics have so far engaged with and are providing access to justice services for 736 pre-trial detainees in 12 States in Nigeria . The Law Clinics so far have linked up detainees with family members, concluded 84 cases and secured bail for 43 cases.  

The Clinics continue to engage justice sector stakeholders such as Prison Officials, State Attorney Generals, State Chief Judges, Officers of the Ministry of Justice, Police Prosecutors, Pro-Bono Lawyers, Legal Aid Council and Complainants to improve access to justice and reduce prolong pretrial detention. 
 
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