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ROLAC, Kano police launch advisory committee to provide free legal service to suspects in custody

ROLAC, Kano police launch advisory committee to provide free legal service to suspects in custody

The Kano State police command on Tuesday launched the Kano State Police Duty Solicitor Scheme Advisory Committee

Inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police as part of the ongoing efforts to improve access to justice for all citizens, the committee was facilitated by Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (ROLAC) as a framework to provide free legal representation and advice to suspects in police custody.

It was also aimed to be a crucial step towards ensuring the protection of human rights and fair treatment for all individuals within the criminal justice system, according to a press released signed by the state police spokesman, ASP Abdullahi Hussain

He said the establishment of the advisory committee further underscores the commitment of the Kano State Police Command and ROLAC to uphold the rule of law and promote justice.

“The advisory committee in Kano State is comprised of esteemed legal practitioners, human rights activist, and representatives from relevant government agencies. The role of members will be to provide guidance, oversight, and strategic input for ensuring effective implementation.

The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, in his keynote address during the inauguration of Police Duty Solicitors Scheme (PDSS) Advisory Committee, said the “initiative which is encapsulated in Force Order No. 20 as amended, stands as a crucial component of the ongoing reform program by the Nigeria Police Force.

“This giant stride is to reaffirm the commitment to upholding justice, fairness and the rule of law for the good of all people in Nigeria.

He said the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme was to discuss the overall objectives of the efforts law enforcement are providing to safeguard the rights of individuals who may find themselves in challenging legal situations and to ensure that no person is left without access to legal counsel when facing legal proceedings.

The commissioner said members of the committee are as follows:

  1. The Director-General Special Services, Government House Kano.
  2. The Attorney-General/Commissioner of Justice Ministry of Justice, Kano.

iii. The Honorable Chief Judge, High Court of Justice, Kano State.

  1. The Chairman Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission.
  2. The State Coordinator, Legal Aid Council Kano.
  3. The State Coordinator, National Human Right Commission, Kano.

vii. The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Kano State Chapter.

viii. The Zonal Coordinator, Police Service Commission, Kano.

  1. The State Coordinator, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Kano.
  2. The State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Kano State.
  3. The Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service, Kano State Command.

He said the committee will serve as the vital link in this collaborative effort, fostering understanding and cooperation for the overall enhancement of the administration of justice.

He assured the committee of his support to carry out their responsibilities with the desired due diligence, empathy and firm dedication to upholding the principles of justice.

ROLAC representative at the occasion, Ibrahim Bello, said International IDEA provided the main support for thr scheme.


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