Mr Ikechukwu Ezenwukwa, the Director of the Enugu State Citizens’ Rights and Mediation Centre, said on Friday that the centre recorded 303 cases from January 2018 to date.
Ezenwukwa said this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Enugu, adding that 69 of the cases were resolved, while 10 were abandoned.
He said that the centre provides free services on human rights and mediation matters, especially for indigent people in society.
He said: “We do not charge any fee. Those who come for mediation cases pay N1,000 only onto the bank account of the state Internal Revenue Office.
“Once they come with their tellers showing that they paid, we issue them receipt and the process will commence,” Ezenwukwa said.
He said that the state government established the centre in the 17 local government areas of the state to provide access to justice at the grassroots level.
He said that 10 local government areas were ready for mediation activities, adding that the remaining seven had reached 50 per cent completion.
He expressed the hope that they would be ready for work in a few months time.
Ezenwukwa listed the councils that were ready to include Aninri, Nkanu East and West, Udi, Enugu East, South and North, Eziagu, Isiuzo and Oji-River.
He said that while some cases were either resolved or abandoned, some were often withdrawn, after the parties had reached a memorandum of understanding.
He said: “The Centre deals with both human right and mediation matters but mediation matters often come through written petitions.
“When the petitioners come, they are counselled and allocated to lawyers to talk to them and mediate in their cases depending on the nature.
“Some of the human right cases, were cases at the police stations,’’ Ezenwukwa said.
He said that the centre usually sent its lawyers to police stations to ascertain the number of detainees, nature of their offences and ensured they were freely resoled. (NNN)
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