Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, LAC, has entered into partnership with the Nigeria Bar Association (Unity Bar) FCT Chapter to decongest Keffi prisons.
Accordingly, the Director General of Legal Aid Council, LAC, Mrs. Joy Bob-Manuel and the chairperson of the NBA Unity Bar, Mrs. Betty Umegbulem visited Keffi Prisons in the company of some NBA officials and Legal Aid Council lawyers.
The collaboration in the area of prison visitation is to enable the council deliver on her mandate. “Legal Aid Council by her mandate is expected to visit Prison and detects who needs representation. Private lawyers, who belongs to the NBA and are desirous of representing indigent citizens, are also partnering the Council on pro-bono basis and from the way things are going Legal Aid Council is equal to the task,” she said
She further stressed that apart from prisons there are other areas Unity Bar reaches to people, stressing that NBA is interested in cases of human rights violations.
She said they have established desk officers in prisons to tackle human rights violations and that LAC has so far given them 15 cases for prosecution.
Deputy Controller James Lander revealed that Keffi Prison has a total number of 449 inmates out of which 326 are awaiting trials, while 123 are convicts.
He further explained that, the prison has the capacity for 160 and 80 bed spaces. This analysis is to show how congested Keffi Prisons is.
Further, he disclosed that he has written to the Chief Judge requesting him to come and help decongest the Prison because it is still under his jurisdiction. About 134 cases were collected by the Council for prosecution in different courts within Nasarawa State and environs.

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