Sometime in 2016 we intervened on behalf of a young man who was charged with offences punishable under Ss.415, 120(b) and 252 of the Criminal Code Law of Anambra State. The Centre for Justice through Johnmary Akachukwu Esq., stepped into the matter when it was obvious the Defendant had no means of retaining the services of a lawyer. An application was made for the certified true copy of the record of proceedings in the Magistrate Court where the Defendant was charged, to enable the Centre secure his release. We were rudely shocked to find out that the matter was struck out on August 8, 2011, and for more than five years he had remained incarcerated.
We quickly wrote the Prison Comptroller to afford us information about the continued detention of Mr. Ekene and we found out that there was no pending charge or conviction in respect of other offences against him. We then facilitated his release from the Prison.