November 25, 2013

Rehabilitate ex-convicts, judge urges with lawyer

Ibadan – Justice Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo, the presiding judge of the Federal High Court, Ibadan Division, has advised lawyers to take active part in the rehabilitation of their clients who had become ex-convicts.

Obaseki-Adejumo said this Monday while delivering judgment in a case of 11 Indian hemp sellers who were sentenced to various jail terms at the court sitting at Adeoyo in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that drug-related cases have been on the increase in recent times in the law courts.

This had generated many reactions on the solution to be employed in tackling the menace.

Obaseki-Adejumo said the society was experiencing an upsurge in hard drugs-related crimes because most of the criminals were jobless.

“When the convicts complete the jail terms, lawyers who are their counsel do not do a follow-up on how they are positively re-absorbed into the society,’’ she said.

The judge further stated that lawyers should not only be concerned about their pockets, but should also fulfill the duty of helping in the reformation of convicts.

“As partners in social reformation, you have the duty to help rehabilitate ex-convicted drug addicts and Indian hemp traders by helping to provide lawful trades for them,’’ she said.

Obaseki-Adejumo said the ex-convicts would not go back to their old bad ways when they were empowered and gainfully employed.

“The court has encouraged the Nigerian Prisons Service to provide convicts with trade and vocational training before the completion of their respective jail terms,’’ she said.(NAN)