Mr. Lanre is a 53-year-old Custom agent who lives with his family in Ibadan, Nigeria. He works at Lagos Port, Apapa so he frequents Lagos state and stays with Mr. X (one of his friends) whenever he is in Lagos. He had maintained this relationship with Mr. Seun (NOT real Name)for 10 years.
n April 2021, Mr. Lanre was at home when someone brought some policemen to arrest Mr. Seun. Unfortunately, Mr. Seun was not at home, but they arrested Mr. Lanre instead, and he was taken to the police station at Ogba, Lagos. During investigation by the police, all effort to find
Mr. Seun proved abortive. The police informed Mr. Lanre that Mr. Seun breached an agreement he had with the complainant, and they won’t let Mr. Lanre leave unless he produces Mr. Seun. He was also made to sign an undertaking that if he does not produce Mr. Seun, he would be liable to pay the
debt owed to the complainant. When Mr. Lanre couldn’t pay, he was charged to court on the 6th of September 2021 for the offence of obtaining money by false pretence and stealing. He was granted bail by the court and he perfected his bail. He couldn’t pay for the services of a
debt owed to the complainant. When Mr. Lanre couldn’t pay, he was charged to court on the 6th of September 2021 for the offence of obtaining money by false pretence and stealing. He was granted bail by the court and he perfected his bail. He couldn’t pay for the services of a lawyer as he had to borrow money to pay for his bail. In April, 2022, the court registrar referred the matter to our lawyers, Busayo Adetunji and Thecla Onuagu at Ogba Mobile office working under our Lawyers without Border project to provide free legal service to him and we began representing him. Trial lasted for 9 months, and the Court delivered its judgement on the 6th of February 2023. The Court found him NOT GUILTY of the charges against him, discharged and acquitted him. The Court also awarded cost of ₦500,000 to be paid to Mr. Lanre by the Complainant. Imagine finding yourself behind bars for offenses you know nothing about… That’s the experience of thousands of many who are in custody today. Kindly donate to support our work as we plan to help 200 innocent inmates out of prison this year.
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