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ACJA: So Far… Not So Good

More than one year after it came into being, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), which is designed to eliminate delays in trials, seems not to be serving its purpose. This is provoking questions on its suitability. Eric Ikhilae writes MANY hailed the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) as the antidote to endless […]

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House Committee Decries Prison Congestion in Kwara

House of Representatives committee on Army has decried congestion in Nigerian Prison Service at Oke Kura in Ilorin, Kwara state, saying that the situation requires urgent attention. The House committee also noted that the atmosphere in the area was no longer conducive for both the prison inmates and members of the community. Speaking with journalists […]

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Scavenger Bags One Month Imprisonment For Theft

An Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, on Friday sentenced 28-year-old A 28-year-old Scavenger, Yinusa Musa, has been sentenced to one month imprisonment for break-in and stealing items worth N7,500, by an Iyaganku Senior Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan, Oyo State. Handing down the verdict, Senior Magistrate Patricia Adetuyibi, who convicted Musa, said she would have sentenced him […]

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The Governing Board Of PRAWA Holds Its 17th Board Meeting In Enugu

The governing board of PRAWA on the 24th and 25th of March, 2017 held its 17th board meeting at the Golden Royale Hotel Enugu. Before the meeting, the chairman, members of the board and the Executive Director (Ag) accompanied by the Controller of Prison, Enugu paid a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge of the […]

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PRAWA In Conjunction With The Legal Aid Council Of Nigeria Hold A Training Workshop For Selected Persons And Staff Of The Council As Paralegals

The training workshop for paralegals took place on the 21st and 22nd of March, 2017 at Planet Hotels and Event Centre in Lagos. The workshop, facilitated by PRAWA under the Security and Justice Reform Programme Prison Reform Project, is a step towards improving access to justice for awaiting trial persons The training focused on equipping […]

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Access To Justice For Awaiting Trial Persons In Enugu Maximum Security Prison, Kano Central Prison And Lagos Ikoyi Prison

Many accused persons spend extended periods in prison custody awaiting the resolution of their cases due to lack of legal representation. The major cause of this is usually that majority of these prisoners are indigent and as a result cannot afford to hire the services of a private lawyers. However, a light of hope of […]

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Brief On The Security And Justice Reform Programmes: Prison Reform Project

Introduction and Background: Overcrowding is a common feature in many of the prisons across the country, with many holding in excess of 300 percent of their approved capacity. The primary cause of the prison overcrowding is traceable to the very high proportion of awaiting trial/un-convicted prisoners which makes up to 70 percent of the overall […]

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DAPC: UNODC & PRAWA Trained 40 Peer Educators on Life Planning and Substance Abuse

 The training which started on Thursday, 17th runs to Saturday, 19th November, 2016. PRAWA organized a three (3) days Secondary and Tertiary Institution Training of Peer Educators on Life Planning and Substance Abuse founded by UNODC and was held at PRAWA Conference Hall, Enugu. The participants were welcome by Mr. Albert Oko who also introduced […]

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PRAWA/NAPTIP to Train 300 Victims of Human Trafficking in Various Skills

PRAWA and The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is to train 300 victims of human trafficking in various skills. The NAPTIP Kano Zonal Commander, Alhaji Shehu Umar, disclosed this during a courtesy call on the Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum, on Friday in Kano. Umar said […]

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Pro Bono Lawyers Get Rewarded For Their Service to Humanity

The Speeding up Criminal Justice Project of the Justice for All Programme is a DFID funded intervention introduced, among other objectives, to address in a holistic manner the challenge of high number of awaiting trial detainees confronting the Nigerian Criminal Justice System. In accordance with this goal, in 2013, PRAWA established two different models of […]

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