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236 people get free legal services in Kebbi

06 September 2013, 20:00

Birnin Kebbi - The Legal Aid Council in Kebbi said it offered free legal services to 236 people in the past seven months, Salisu Alhassan, the state Coordinator of the council, has said.

Alhassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Friday that the council appeared in 189 criminal cases out of which 47 were pending in the High Courts and Magistrate Courts.

He said that several criminal cases handled by the council’s counsel resulted in the discharge of the accused.

The coordinator expressed concern that Nigerian Prisons were congested, adding that majority of the inmates were those awaiting trial.

He said most of the inmates had been behind bars for several years without trial and pledged that the council would intensify efforts to secure conviction or freedom for the accused.

Alhassan identified lack of funding, office accommodation, vehicles and few counsel as some of the challenges hindering the performance of the council in the state.

"We have only two counsel and our cases cut across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state,’’ he said.

The coordinator promised that the council would sustain the payment of fines to enable accused persons who could not afford to pay secure freedom.

He called on officials of local government councils in the state to enlighten the people on the services offered by the council. 



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