December 5, 2021

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NGO provides free legal services to vulnerable inmates

NGO provides free legal services to vulnerable inmates

NGO provides free legal services to vulnerable inmates

“In October 2020,  we took on a case involving four individuals: Amos Adi, Chris Adey, Innocent Samuel and Shedrach Ojukwu

An NGO, Golden Little Lights Organization, says it will continue to provide legal and social services to correctional facility inmates in the country.

Ms  Sharon Ashinze, Co-founder of the organisation said in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The NGO said its target was to provide legal support and counselling to the inmates, especially those awaiting trial, wrongfully incarcerated or persons who cannot afford legal representation.

It stressed that every Nigerian has right to life, liberty and freedom, adding that the NGO, under its ‘Prison Reform Initiative’, had focused on the decongestion of prisons in the country.

It noted that a lot needed to be done to decongest the prisons, as there were many individuals been held for a long time without “seen the inside of a court room.”

According to the statement, the organisation has secured the release of four persons held by the police for about 20 months.

“In October 2020,  we took on a case involving four individuals: Amos Adi, Chris Adey, Innocent Samuel and Shedrach Ojukwu

“The above listed persons, while enjoying a day out in a park in Abuja, were rounded up by the police and taken to a police station.

“After being interrogated, they were handed over to the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), where they were locked up for five months.

“They were later transferred to one of the police stations in the FCT, then moved to Suleja correctional facility and eventually transferred to Kuje Correctional centre.”

The statement claimed that the four individuals were held without any court order for 18 months, under the suspicion of armed robbery, but “never saw the inside of a court room.”

“Upon taking on the case, we were able to get them charged to court, with charge number: FCT/HC/NY/CR/85/2020. COP v AMOS ADI & OTHERS.

“After 12 months of legal battles and court proceedings, halted by court strikes, we are glad to announce that on the 12th of October 2021, the Federal High Court, Nyanyan Division, Abuja under the ruling of Justice Baba Idris, struck out the case, citing lack of diligent prosecution by the state. Discharging the defendants,’’ it said. (NAN)