Nigeria offsets bills of prison inmates

Peter Bahago, Abuja

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The Nigerian government has offset the bills of prison inmates who could not afford the petty crimes fines imposed on them as part of Prison Decongestion Programme.

Solicitor General of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Dayo Apata made this known at a one- day programme on “Building a Culture of Pro-Bono in Nigeria” organised by Justice Research Institute Ltd in Abuja, Nigeria.

Pro-Bono is a legal services, or legal representation provided voluntarily by lawyers or firms or individuals, organisations at no cost to those who could not afford such services.

Mr. Apata also reiterated the inability to access legal services which led to a state of affairs where some Nigerians are unable to seek redress for violations or infringement of their rights.

This is in a bid by the present administration to address these problems.

According to the SGF, “government over the years has led a number of initiatives towards facilitating and improving access to justice for all citizens through the Legal Aid Council.”

He commended the Justice Research Institute and the Nigerian Bar Association for their commitments to ensure access to justice for all citizens especially the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

The Solicitor General of the Federation was represented by Mr. Ajakaiye Julius at the event.

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