In a bid to contribute its quota
to the society and in line with its
#FreedomFriday initiative that takes
place every month, Kenotay250project,
a Non-Governmental Organisation,
NGO, based in Abuja has successfully
secured the release of five inmates
from Suleja prison, Niger State.
Founder/Chairman of
Kenotay250project, Barrister Kehinde
Odunlami, who led other young
lawyers to the prison, yesterday, told
journalists that as legal professionals,
the most useful contribution they
could make to the society is to use
their knowledge and expertise to
make meaningful impact on the lives
of the less privileged by providing
access to rights, services and justice.
According to her, in spite of the
establishment of the Legal Aid
Council, the poor and indigent still
find access to justice inaccessible,
therefore undermining our entire
justice system and thwarting a very
fundamental right.
“In 2016, my law firm, Kenotay &
Co. launched the Kenotay250project.
We challenge our staff and partners to
invest 250 hours a year volunteering
for causes that matter to them,” she
Odunlami challenged magistrates
and judges to strongly consider
non-custodial sentences- unpaid
community services for minor
offences and first time offenders,
where the accused cannot afford to
pay fine. This, she said will certainly
resolve the problem of overcrowded
prison, considering the fact that a
large proportion of those incarcerated
are convicted of minor offences,
adding that it would also save billions
of naira, in the interest of the public.
“Going to prison can be very
destructive for the individual and
family. They lose their family, jobs,
friends and although one of the
purposes of the incarceration is to
be reformed, they tend to come out
hardened, traumatised and become a
problem to the society,” she said.
The founder of Kenotay250project
encouraged new and experienced
lawyers to do ‘pro bono’ services,
adding that it helps new lawyers to
gain valuable experience including
trial experience.
Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida
University, IBBU, Lapai, has
matriculated 4,089 students for its
2017/2018 academic year, advising
them to shun cultism, examination
malpractices and other nefarious
The Vice Chancellor, Professor
Muhammad Nasiru Maiturare, said
4,377 candidates were also denied
admission for the same period.
He said out of the 8,466 candidates
that underwent admission
screening, only 4,089 candidates
were offered admission.
Speaking at the 12th matriculation
ceremony for the 2017/2018
academic session, Maiturare also
said that 17,751 students applied
for admission from all states of the
federation and Ghana, adding that
this session’s admission exercise has
been very challenging as a result of
the rise in the number of applicants
into the university.
He stated that some students were
admitted into courses other than
what they applied for, explaining
that about 75 percent of the
candidates applied for ten of the
courses on offer which left the other
20 courses without much students.
“About 75 percent of the
candidates applied for the 10 courses
on offer, with most of such courses
having over 1,000 applicants,
leaving 20 other programmes with
Enugu State Commissioner of
Police, Mr. Danmallam Mohammed,
has commended Governor Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi for his “tremendous”
support to the command.
The commissioner, who stated
this while taking delivery of 22
brand new patrol vans donated to
the police command by the Enugu
State Government to enhance their
security operations, disclosed that the
“huge support” from Ugwuanyi’s
administration has “resulted in the
ranking of Enugu as the most peaceful
and safest state in the country”.
Mohammed noted that the security
of lives and property and “total
tranquility” being witnessed in the
state is a deliberate action of the state
government, stressing that Ugwuanyi
strongly believes that “the purpose
of government is for the security
and social wellbeing of its citizens, as
guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as
He added that the security vehicles
was the latest in the series of support
and commitment from the state
government, promising that the
force will continue to keep faith with
the governor’s philosophy of zero
tolerance for crime and his policy
towards “a crime-free Enugu State”.
“I therefore, wish to assure the good
people of Enugu State that we will
continue to provide adequate security
coverage round the clock so that
people will sleep with their two eyes
closed”, the police commissioner said.
Presenting the vehicles, the
governor stated that the decision was
in keeping with his administration’s
resolve, at its inception, to give utmost
attention to the security of lives and
property of the people, as well as the
maintenance of peace in every corner
of the state.
According to him, “this is because
we recognized that security is the
prime condition for stability, growth
and development in any society
and that without it, engagement
in meaningful social, political and
economic activity would be virtually
He added that his administration
has continued to demonstrate its
commitment to “this objective
through the excellent partnership that
we maintain with security agencies”,
noting that such gesture includes
regular donation of vehicles and
other essential equipment, as well as
the provision of logistical support to
the agencies to ensure successful and
effective discharge of their functions.
Governor Ugwuanyi expressed
delight that the efforts of his
administration in the area of security
have ensured that Enugu remains
one of the safest, most secure and
peaceful states in the country. He
maintained that such efforts have also
ensured that the incidence of crime
and other activities that threaten peace
in the society is reduced to the barest
The governor explained that the
security vehicles are fitted with ultramodern
communication gadgets to
boost the operations of the command
and help make the state safer and more
peaceful, recalling that government had
previously donated similar vehicles to
the police and other security agencies
after his assumption of office.
“As I have said earlier, this is a
gesture that we will continue to make
from time to time and as occasion
demands in order to enhance the
capacity of the police to carry out
their very essential duties diligently
and efficiently”, the governor
declared, while commending the
police and other security agencies
“for their commitment and
cooperation towards the attainment
of our common goal of enthroning
peace and security in the state”.
By Ngozi Nwankwo
By Hammed Salawu, Minna
By Golok Nanmwa, Jos
By Emmanuel Nweze, Enugu
Nigerian Pilot gathered
that FreedomFriday is one of
the activities of the law firm.
Every month, their lawyers
visit prisons and pay the fines
of young adults that meet their
eligibility requirement and whose
incarceration is as a result of not
being able to pay the fine imposed
by the courts.
Meanwhile, one of the inmates,
Mr. Emmanuel Yahaya, whose
his fine was also paid, revealed
to Nigerian Pilot that he was
arraigned on December 22, 2017 for
stealing a vulcanizing machine to
meet up with Christmas expenses.
Yahaya appreciated the pro bono
services of the young lawyers and
promised to be a changed person.