The Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has given a mandate to its members about regular visits to police stations to ensure the bail of offenders arrested for minor offenses.
On Friday, the committee issued the advisory in a memo signed by its Chairman, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and addressed to all NBA chairmen and vice-chairmen.
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Ozekhome stated that this order was appropriate due to the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), which had halted operations in courts throughout the country.
While stressing that the visits would continue throughout the duration of the strike, he directed the members to undertake frequent visits to police stations within the jurisdiction of their branches.
“You should intervene and ensure that suspects involved in minor offences and petty crimes are granted bail on liberal terms, pending the calling off of strike by JUSUN.
“You should work closely with the Divisional Police Officers and Police Counsel to ensure the protection of the Fundamental Human Rights of Nigerians and also provide advice to the police when necessary and needed.
“This exercise is to continue throughout the duration of the strike as further directed by the chairman,” he said.