THE Kaduna State office of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria on Tuesday said, it had received 36 new cases between January and February 2020 in the state.
Mrs Biba Ohwoevworhua, the State Coordinator of the council, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
Ohwoevworhua explained that seven of the cases received by the council were criminal cases while 29 were civil cases.
The cordinator said that the criminal cases are yet to be completed, while some of the civil cases were resolved out-of-court and some given legal advice.
She said there are still some pending cases from previous years which the council hopes would be concluded very soon.
The coordinator stated that most of the civil cases bordered on land disputes, marriages and debts recovery.
“While most of the criminal cases had to do with rape, criminal breach of trust, theft, armed robbery and homicide among others.”
Ohwoevworhua explained that the council placed premium on mediation, saying that try as much as possible to settle issues out of court.
“When the legal mediation is not possible, then legal advice is given and then legal representation follows, which happens court.”
She further stated that the council’s focus was to offer free legal services and render advice to those who could not afford to pay for such services.
She said that in 2019, the council received 229 cases which comprised of 85 criminal cases and 144 civil cases, out of which more than 30 cases were completed while some were settled out of court.
Ohwoevworhua assured that with more manpower and funding, the council will do more in 2020 to help indigent people requiring legal services. (NAN)
– Mar. 17, 2020 @ 12:49 GMT |