Lawyers divided over defending kidnap suspects

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BY VINCENT UJUMADU

AWKA—LAWYERS in the industrial town of Nnewi in Anambra State are divided on whether they should continue to defend kidnap suspects, in view of the fact that kidnappers have allegedly continued to abduct some of their members.

The lawyers in the area had had to embark on a boycott of court activities some time ago to drive home their call for security agencies to save their members from the activities of kidnappers.

However, rising from their law week in Nnewi, the lawyers regretted that they had not been spared, but could not agree on their continued representation of kidnappers and armed robbers in court.

While some contended that lawyers should stop representing suspected hoodlums, others argued that it was the right of those who approach them to be represented.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the law week, the association demanded the appointment of more judges in Anambra, particularly in Nnewi judicial division, to ensure quick dispensation of justice.

They resolved that in view of security challenges in the country, lawyers and judges must work as partners to ensure fairness in the justice sector.

They also said that there was   need to overhaul the police as an institution in Nigeria through continued education of men and officers of the force, adding that the police needed more and ethical reorientation with necessary tools within the global security practice for effective policing of the country.

The participants also resolved that no child, whether male or female, should because of the circumstances of their birth or sex, be denied or deprived their right of inheritance as it related to the estate of their deceased father as to do so is a negation of the constitution which is the supreme legal order in Nigeria and an affront to internationally accepted standard in human right practice.

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