Nigerian Laws Are against the Poor, Says Legal Aid Council

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Mrs. Joy Bob-Manuel, Director-General, Legal Aid Council

The Director-General of Legal Aid Council (LAC), Mrs. Joy Bob-Manuel, has attributed the inability of Nigerians to access justice in the country to poverty, lack of access to information and the inherent bias of law against the marginalised people.

Mrs. Joy Bob-Manuel, Director-General, Legal Aid Council
Mrs. Joy Bob-Manuel, Director-General, Legal Aid Council

Speaking at a Round-table on ‘Enhanced Access to Legal Aid for Pretrial Detainees’ through public/private sector partnership, in Abuja, Mrs. Bob-Manuel disclosed that with only four lawyers per state, it was inadequate for them to defend all indigent persons in Nigeria.

She said the Council had been struggling to cope with its mandate of providing free and quality legal services to the less privileged, whose rights were being violated, due to inadequate staff strength.

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