AMICUS CENTRE FOR JUSTICE (ACJ) COMMUNITY SERVICES

Clay & Amicus Solicitors through its affiliate NPO- Amicus Centre for Justice, has over the years involved itself in a number of projects aimed at empowering young people, defending the human rights of indigent persons and holding the different levels of the Nigerian Government accountable.

We organize annual essay competitions for undergraduates in Nigeria on political and human right topics in a bid to arouse their interests on the numerous roles youths can play in ensuring good governance in Nigeria; and the alarming rate of human rights abuses in the country. We also reward youths with exceptional essays.

Amicus Centre for Justice also provides a platform for budding entrepreneurs in Nigeria to be trained for free and access funds for their startups.

We have also been involved in a number of human rights interventions and suits especially where there are cases of extreme abuses meted out by government ministries, agencies, departments or other powerful institutions and persons, on poor and defenseless persons particularly women and children.

OUR PROBONO INTERVENTIONS

CHARGE NO: MIH/47c/2010 INVOLVING MR. EKENE OBIANEFO


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.

CHARGE NO: MIH/11C/2011 & HIH/MISC 43C/2016 IN RESPECT OF VINCENT NNAMBA


A man charged with an offence punishable under S.200 of the Criminal Code, Revised Laws of Anambra State, 1991. He was arraigned on 07/02/2011 and detained till 22nd November, 2016 when we applied for and secured his bail. This is irrespective of the fact that the prosecution had no intention or evidence upon which they could secure his conviction.

CHARGE NO: MIS/48c/2009 INVOLVING USMAN AMODU


An impecunious lad was charged under Ss.365 and 495(a) of the Criminal Code sometime in the year 2009. By 2016 October when we met him, his trial had not begun. He was languishing in prison custody because he had nobody to apply for or take him on bail.
The Centre when informed of the outrageously long incarceration went to the Court and obtained a CTC of his file and by the time we got to High Court to apply for his bail, we discovered that he had been granted bail. What was keeping him in prison was want of ‘reasonable surety’ and he had no idea all along. The Centre aided him in fulfilling the bail conditions.

CHARGE NO: MIH/165c/2010 INVOLVING ONYEKA UMEH


Mr. Onyeka was arrainged in 2010 and was incarcerated till 2016 when we met him. None of his family members knew of his whereabouts. One of ACJ’s volunteer visited him severally in prison until we were able to establish a contact with and trace his father. We then went on to facilitate his bail and subsequent release from prison.

CHARGE NO: MIH/226c/2009 & MIH/MISC 41c/2016 INVOLVING GERALD ACHINONU


NYSC lawyers under the Legal Aid Scheme had first attempted to put up legal representation for the extremely indigent Defendant. They however backed out when they could not cope with the financial requirements vis-à-vis putting up a good defence especially as the offence charged was murder. They requested that the Centre took over the matter and we obliged them.
The Centre through its legal team put up a solid defence on behalf of the Defendant for free.

CHARGE NO: HN/misc 45c/2016 IN RESPECT OF MASTER IKECHUKWU EGWU.


The Defendant was only 17 years of age when he was charged with armed robbery. He was alleged to have robbed his uncle and foster father. All the platforms afforded to young persons below the age of 18 years under the Child Rights Law were not afforded him because no legal practitioner was available to stand in for him and draw the attention of the Honourable Court to his status and age.

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