By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
The Nigerian Bar Association has collaborated with the Bar Human Right Committee of England and Wales to carry out a training programme on legal rights and protection of Internally Displaced Persons in the North-East.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the three-day training in Abuja on Monday, NBA President, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) said the objective of the training was to equip members of the association with necessary skills in providing free legal services for the nearly two million IDPs in the North-East.
Mahmoud stated that the violent activities of the Boko Haram sect had led to the near-collapse of justice system in the region, even as human rights violation was not limited to the North-East.
The Chairperson of the Bar Human Right Committee of England and Wales, Kirsty Brimelow (QC), in her goodwill message, said what informed the training was among other things the need to use the law to right the wrongs against the most vulnerable in the North East.
“We need to stop what the insurgency has done to the most vulnerable in the North East,” she added.
Giving an overview of the activities of NBA Task force on the North East, the task force Chairman, Prof Muhammad Tabiu (SAN) said justice institution and practitioners were particularly targeted by insurgents with many legal practitioners losing their lives.
He said it was in view of that that a register was opened for lawyers affected by the conflict and that talks were in progress with the NBA to have trust funds for the victims.
Highlight of the event was the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the NBA and the Bar Human Right Committee of England and Wales.