By Bosede Olufunmi
Kano – The Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACON), says it received 101 cases in Kano state between January and June 2018.
Alhaji Abubakar Umar, the coordinator of the council in the state, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Wednesday.
Umar said 92 of the cases were on criminal matters, while nine were civil.
He said 53 of the cases had been treated, while the remaining were pending in law courts.
“During the period, the council completed 54 cases -42 criminal and 12 civil, while others are pending in court,’’ Umar said.
“Some of the civil cases were resolved out-of-court,’’ Umar said.
He explained that most of the civil cases were on non-payment of pension and retirement benefits, mostly by privately-owned companies and pension fund administrators.
Umar said other cases were on land disputes, marriage and debts recovery.
He, however, said that the criminal cases had to do with armed robbery, criminal breach of trust, homicide, rape and theft.
The coordinator said the council’s mandate was to offer free legal services and advice to those who cannot afford to pay for such services.