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The legal department in line with the vision and strategic plan of the organization and in line with our commitment towards de-congesting the prison, through rendering pro- bono services to indigent inmates visited the Makurdi prison sometime in February. The legal team came across a peculiar case of a young man who was arrested on his first visit to the state for a contract. The incident occurred on the 10th of November 2018 at about 11am, while he was waiting to be served his meal in a restaurant in Makurdi, a group of young men mobbed him and leveled some accusations against him based on the fact that he was an unfamiliar person in the neighborhood. He was taken to the police station and his working tools were confiscated. He was brutalized, maltreated, deprived of some basic human rights while in police custody. He was eventually remanded in the Makurdi Medium Prisons. He was without legal representation between November 2018 and February 2019 when the legal team came to his rescue.
Upon further investigation we realized that he had two First Information Report (FIR) drafted against him and that on both FIR all the other accused persons totaling about twenty(20) persons had already been granted bail. Moved by the circumstances surrounding his arrest and subsequent remand; we drafted and filed the necessary bail processes at the appropriate court. After several adjournments the matter was transferred to two separate courts. Empowered by our vision we did not give up, rather we tenaciously pursued the matter in the two courts were the mattered has been transferred to.
The next hurdle before us was to ensure that the two courts grant the bail applications before them. Eventually both bail applications were heard and graciously granted. Armed with this good news we visited the prison to inform him of the new development and get a contact outside the prison that could help with processing the already granted bail. We got in contact with his sister who came into town and visited the office on Thursday. She was grateful to the office for the help of LAWYERS ALERT in securing her brother’s bail. On Friday the 26th of July 2019, all bail conditions were met and Harrison Igweonu was released from prison custody.