May 21, 2024

Pro Bono: Human Right Committee of NBA Ijebu Ode Branch Prosecuted 30 Cases, 16 Pending

Left-right, incumbent Chairman of the Human Right Committee of NBA Ijebu Ode Branch, Moruff O. Balogun,Esq., NBA Logo, and former Chairman of the Committee S.O. Bashorun, Esq.

The Constitution of the Nigerian Bar Association 2015 [as amended in 2021] under the Uniform Bye-Laws for branches in its Section 9[5] provided that the Human Rights Committee shall promote and protect the principles of the rule of law and fundamental human rights and liberties in such matter, including the prosecution and defence of lawsuits as may be determined by the committee with the approval of the Branch Executive Committee from time to time.

The committee shall equally provide free legal and services in suitable circumstances.

The Human Right Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ijebu Ode branch deriving its power/ authority from the above stated provisions of the Uniform Bye-law for branches has successfully defended thirty [30] cases at both Magistrate and High Courts within its jurisdiction free of charge.

In a report made available to our correspondent by the incumbent Chairman of the Committee, Moruff O. Balogun,Esq., it is stated that between the period of June 2020–April 2022, about 30 cases were successfully defended by the committee under the former Chairman of the said Committee, S.O. Bashorun, Esq.

The details of the report are as follows:

A. COMPLETED MATTERS

  1. HCJ/68C/2018 –STATE VS ADELAJA TEMIDAYO: Armed Robbery at Criminal High Court No 4,Ijebu Ode judicial division
  2. HCJ/57C/2018- STATE VS ABOSEDE OMOLARA OLUWAGBEMI: Murder at Criminal High Court No 4, Ijebu Ode judicial division.
  3. HCJ/21C/2019- STATE VS SALISU SAUDANA : Attempted Robbery at High Court No 1, Ijebu Ode judicial division.
  4. HCB/11c/2018- STATE VS AZEEZ AROGUNDADE: Armed Robbery at High Court Ijebu Igbo judicial division.
  5. MIJ/297c/2019- C.O.P VS CHINEDU EZEKIEL: Rape at Chief Magistrate Court No 1, Ijebu Ode judicial division
  6. HCJ/70c/2018- STATE VS SUNDAY MOSES: Murder at Criminal High Court No 4, Ijebu Ode judicial division.
  7. MIJ/259c/2020- C.O.P VS AWOSANYA SUNDAY: OBT at Chief Magistrate Court No 4, Ijebu Ode judicial division.
  8. HCJ/6c/2019- STATE VS GBOWOKALE: Murder at Criminal Court High Court No 4, Ijebu Ode judicial division.
  9. MIJ/230c/2019- C.O.P VS IDRIS MUSTAPHA : Cultism at Chief Magistrate Court No 1, Ijebu Ode.
  10. MIJ/ 05C/2020 C.O.P VS YEKINI BELLO : Rape at Chief Magistrate Court No 1, Ijebu-Ode.
  11. MAG/ 02C/2021 C.O.P VS AROGUNDADE AZEEZ & 20RS: Conspiracy and stealing at Magistrate Court Ago Iwoye.
  12. MIJ/ 64C/2021 C.O.P VS EYO ITA : Stealing at Chief Magistrate Court No 1, Ijebu-Ode.
  13. HCB/ 9C/2019 STATE VS MOSES UWERE: Armed robbery at High Court of Justice, Ijebu Igbo.
  14. MOD/41C/2021: – C. O. P Vs Chison Eze (Stealing) at the Senior Magistrate Court, Odogbolu.
  15. MIJ/92C/2021 – C.O.P VS SUNDAY INNA & 1OR: (Stealing at the Chief Magistrate Court No 1, Ijebu-Ode).
  16. MIJ/189C/2021 – C.OP. VS OGUNSANWO RASAQ: Stealing at the Senior Magistrate Court No 2, Ijebu-Ode).
  17. MIJ/12C/2022: – C.O.P VS SUNDAY EKPO: Stealing and Malicious damage.
  18. MIJ/174C/2021 – C.O.P VS TOSIN OGUNFOWODE & 1OR (Cultism).
  19. MIJ/188C/2021 – C.O.P. VS OMOTEHINSE ADETARAMI (Stealing).
  20. HCJ/15C/2020 – STATE VS TAIWO OLATOKUNBO & 1OR. (Murder) The Judgment was delivered on 01/03/2022
  21. HCJ/21C/2021/- STATE VS JOSEPH ORJI
  22. MIJ/3C/2022 – C.O.P VS AKINKUGBE SUNDAY (Conspiracy and Stealing)
  23. MIJ/ /2022- C.O.P VS AKINTAN OLAKUNLE & 1OR:
  24. MIJ/253C/2021 – C.O.P VS SALAKO RASAK (Assault
  25. HCJ/25C/2019 – STATE VS UMAN A. BABUGA (Murder before High Court No 1, Ijebu-Ode) Judgment delivered on 7/4/2022.
  26. MIJ/ /2022- C.O.P VS ABOYEJI OLUWADAMILARE & 3ORS:
  27. HCJ/8C/2019 – STATE VS BIOLA NOFIU & ORS (Conspiracy and Armed Robbery before High Court No 4 (Criminal Court) Ijebu-Ode.
  28. MIJ/1C/2021 – C.O.P VS BADEJO SIKIRU.
  29. MIJ/27C/2022 – C.O.P VS OYEKAN DOLAPO (Stealing).
  30. MIJ/169C/2021 – C.O.P VS DANIEL IBE (Chief Magistrate Court No 1, Ijebu-Ode.

PENDING CASES

  1. MIJ/100C/2022 – COP VS. KAZEEM ADEBANJO.
    Chief Magistrate Court No 1
  2. MIJ/15C/2022 – COP VS. TOBI KEHINDE.
    Senior Magistrate Court No 2
  3. MIJ/119C/2022 – COP VS. ISMAILA ALFA.
    Senior Magistrate Court No 2
  4. MIJ/144C/2022 – COP VS. RAPHAEL OTOPA.
    Chief Magistrate Court No 1
  5. MIJ/2C/2022 – COP VS. OLURODE YUSUF ADEWALE.
    Chief Magistrate Court No 1
  6. HCJ/34C/2019 – STATE VS. KABIRU BADARU & 3ORS
  7. MIJ/30C/2022 – COP VS. ENITAN ABOLAJI & 1OR.
    Chief Magistrate Court No 1
  8. HCB/4C/2021 – STATE VS. ADEKUNLE KAWONISE.
    High Court Ijebu-Igbo
  9. MIJ/54C/2020 – COP VS. ASUMO ADESANWO.
    Chief Magistrate Court No 1
  10. HCJ/31C/2018- STATE VS. KOREDE ODUBELA & ORS.
    High Court (Criminal Court) Ijebu-Ode
  11. MIJ/386C/2019 – COP VS. JIMOH MUHAMMED.
    Chief Magistrate Court No 1
  12. HCJ/30C/2018 – STATE VS. TAIWO EDEMA & 3ORS.
  13. MIJ/216C/2020 – COP VS. SHODIPO ADEDEJI & 3ORS.
  14. MIJ/247C/2021 – COP VS AYO SONUGA & 1OR.
  15. MIJ/57C/2022 – COP VS SAIDI ALAYAN.
  16. HCJ/12C/2020 – STATE VS TOBI OLUKOYA & ANOR.

In ensuring the indigent defendants are not denied adequate legal representations simply because of their downtrodden status, the committee has further resolved to upgrade its pro bono services in ensuring the indigent defendants get justice even if it will warrant appeals up to the Supreme Court where necessary,” the incumbent Chairman added.


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