Kehinde and Shola were working as conductors around Ilasa Maja area of Lagos Nigeria. As young as they were, they struggled to work as hard as they could to support their parents. Working as conductors was a viable one for them at the time and they were doing it judiciously.  On the 25th day of December 2019, they went out to work despite the fact that it was the Christmas holiday. They needed the money to feed at home. While at work, members of the Nigerian Police Force raided their environment and arbitrarily arrested over twenty persons under the guise of chasing thieves who took shelter in the environment. Unfortunately for Kehinde and Shola, they were among the victims of the raiding. 

At the Police Station, they couldn’t meet the demands of the officers, so they were detained for days. After five days in detention, they were charged to court for stealing MP3 player and a phone. The Court granted them bail and remanded them at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre.

Days turned into weeks and they didn’t know what to do or how to cry for help. Their family members could not afford to perfect their bail or contract the service of a lawyer to represent them in court. Fortunately for Kehinde and Shola, they heard that some pobono lawyers were in their Correctional Centre. They jetted down to the venue where Headfort Foundation’s Legal Aid Team were counselling and taking brief of inmates probono. They waited for their turn and pleaded vehemently for help. Our team took their brief and assigned their matter to a lawyer who represented them in court.

On the 26th day of February 2020, the court granted the application of our lawyer to strike out the matter as the charge against them were baseless and the prosecution has no witnesses to prove the case against them.

Shola and Kehinde were discharged by the court after they spent 2 months at the Correctional Centre.

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