Human right lawyer, Femi Falana has revealed the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is in support of ENDSARS protest and 400 lawyers have signified interest to provide free legal services to detented protesters.
Falana revealed this on Tuesday in an interview, adding this is the first time such a huge number of legal practitioners are backing protesters in the country.
He said the lawyers are set to provide free services to Nigerians under detention for protesting against brutality and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), An24.net reports.
Falana said, “I am happy to announce that not less than 400 lawyers have volunteered to render pro bono services to the detainees. And this is the first time that a huge number of legal practitioners have decided to come out and support protesters. Even the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has also decided to get involved in the entire protest”.
He added, “The training of the police has to change particularly what happens in Police Colleges is primitive, the young men and women were often ordered to shave their heads and others. They needed to be treated like undergraduate in varsities and have human rights courses included in their curriculum.
“No Nigerian should be arrested in view of criminal suspects or for a civil wrong, for instance arresting a man’s wife after disappearing or for not appearing at the police station.”
Falana said this was their contribution towards ensuring none of the Nigerians detained especially youths were denied their fundamental human rights.