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Church speaks for inmates detained without charge

Posted on: August 1, 2014 12:45 PM
Photo Credit: Michael Grimes
Related Categories: law, Nigeria, prison

[All Africa, by Chukwujekwu Ilozue for the Daily Independent] The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Diocese on the Niger, has appointed a legal team to assist in giving a free legal aid to inmates of Onitsha prison who are languishing in the prison custody without being charged to court.

The lawyers known as legal secretaries are expected to liaise with the Diocesan Chancellor and Registrar to monitor the records of the prison inmates and ensure that they were not forgotten at the Awaiting Trial, (ATM) level without their cases being heard in the courts of law. This was the highlight of the visit of the Bishop on the Niger, Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo, to the Chapel of Restoration, Onitsha Prison Chaplaincy on pastoral visit and confirmation of some inmates as part of activities marking the 150th anniversary of the advent of Church Missionary Society (CMS) in Igbo land.

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