Section 35 of The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria1999 (CFRN 1999) (as amended) guarantees the right of a suspect or an accused person to bail. Likely, Section 36(6)(c) guarantees the right of a defendant to defend himself in person or by any lawyer of his choice. Notwithstanding the above provisions, majority of Nigerians, particularly the vulnerable persons like women,...Read More
Behind the bolted doors of Kurmawa central prison in Kano State, Nigeria, an old wooden board hangs high on the wall of the warden’s office, keeping count of the inmates inside the prison. Written in white chalk, the board shows that over 1,000 men are held in this jail – a building that is intended to house no more than 750 –most of whom are not convicts at all. These men await trial.