NBA appoints Nwadioke as head Lagos duty solicitors’ scheme

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch has taken a major step to promote access to justice with the appointment of a leading human rights advocate, Mr. Emeka Nwadioke as Chairman of its Police Duty Solicitors Scheme (PDSS).

 

 

Announcing the appointment at the last meeting of the branch Human Rights Committee (HRC) in Lagos, HRC Chairman, Mr. Okey Ilofulunwa said the committee would drive implementation of Sections 33 and 34 of the Administration of Criminals Justice Act 2015 (ACJA).

 

 

 

Ilofulunwa said: “The Committee will domicile its members in police detention centres among others to offer free legal services to detainees and help in stemming the filing of frivolous charges which congest our courts.

 

 

“It will also accompany chief magistrates to oversight detention facilities in the Lagos area towards ensuring compliance with human rights standards.”

 

 

A former Publicity Secretary of the branch, Nwadioke was a member of the NBA Criminal Justice Reform Committee. More recently, he anchored a highly acclaimed re-launch of the Branch annual “Human Rights Summit,” attracting such civil rights heavyweights like Mr. Femi Falana SAN, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, Mrs. Ayo Obe and Mr. Monday Ubani among others.

 

 

Nwadioke is a consummate rights advocate who has been involved in many campaigns to promote access to justice and the pro bono culture.

 

 

He has successfully defended some indigent detainees in criminal trials especially under the “Prison Reform Project.” Anchored by Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), the project was a collaboration between PRAWA, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Federal Government of Nigeria, Nigerian Prisons Service and the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria.

 

 

 

He is a member of several lawyers’ networks targeted at fostering access to justice, including campaigns on petty offences, freedom of information, death penalty, press freedom and humane treatment of indigent drug arrestees.

 

Aside from his role as Secretary General & Head of Publicity of Legal Advocacy Response to Drugs Initiative (LARDI), a project implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and funded by the European Union (EU), he is also a member of “Capital Defence Lawyers Network,” a pro-life campaign supported by Avocats Sans Frontieres France/Lawyers Without Borders, Embassy of France, Embassy of Belgium and Embassy of Australia.

 

 

An award-winning journalist, Nwadioke is committed to offering free legal representation to journalists in distress through the “Coalition of Lawyers for Press Freedom,” an initiative of Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) in partnership with The Media Defence Legal Initiative (MDLI).

 

 

The objective of the project is the pursuit of legal options for the entrenchment of press freedom rights as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.

 

As a member of the “Freedom of Information (FOI) Legal Response Network,” a Rapid Response Team (RRT) of lawyers established by Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and supported by Open Society Initiatives for West Africa (OSIWA), he is currently providing pro bono legal representation to some media organizations/journalists to enforce their access to information rights and challenge violations of their media rights.

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