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Legal aid and where to find support

What is legal aid? Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to court system. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel and the right to fair trial.In Nigeria, legal aid is […]

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The role of sureties in bail administration

A surety plays a huge role in bail agreement as the provision of sureties may be one of the conditions to fulfil in the process of securing the release of an accused. Section 167 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act states that a defendant admitted to bail may be required to produce such surety […]

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Procedures for bail application

For police bail: A person seeking police bail can do so by writing an application requesting for bail. This can be done by the person or his counsel. The application letter should state those who will stand as sureties, or if he wishes to be released on self-recognizance. The police will review his application and […]

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Understanding bail

What is bail? Bail is the process by which any person arrested for an offence is released from custody either on the undertaking of a surety or on his own recognizance to appear on a future date. Bail may also be defined as the temporary release from custody of a person arrested or detained for an […]

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Rights of pre-trial detainees in Nigeria

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Unlawful detention in Nigeria

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Understanding detention

WHAT IS DETENTION? In the context of this guide, detention means the deprivation of the liberty of a person due to arrest by the police or other law enforcement agencies, or bodies enabled by law. You are not only detained when kept in a police cell, or prison. Once your freedom of movement is restricted and […]

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Detention and Bail

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Must rights be respected upon arrest?

From the point of arrest and detention through to release of suspects, there are certain rights that have been stipulated and must be respected.

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What is an unlawful arrest?

A person may only be arrested when: There is either a PROBABLE CAUSE, or A WARRANT OF ARREST to apprehend the individual who is suspected to have committed a crime. The arrest must further be secured following the prescribed procedure. If an arrest is secured outside these parameters, it will be deemed to be unlawful. […]

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