The Kano branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has deployed a team of lawyers to render free legal services to indigent persons and enforce peoples’ rights throughout the period of the lockdown in the state.
Judicial Sketch reports that the team comprising of about 30 lawyers is mandated to offer pro-bono services to people that come into conflict with the law.
Chairman of the branch, Abdul Adamu Fagge, told Judicial Sketch that the team of pro-bono lawyers led by the chairman of the branch’s human rights committee, Abdulrahman Mukthar, is expected to monitor the activities of the mobile courts set up to punish those who violate the lockdown order in the state.
He further stated that the will offer free legal services to those whose rights needed to be enforced.
Fagge said the bar does not encourage members of the society to break the law, explaining that free legal service also means acting appropriately to enforce punishment.
In his words: “People should not think that free legal service is a license for them to violate the law and get a lawyer for free. No, we are going to monitor, defend persons and also make sure those who deserve punishment serve their penalties accordingly.”