ARM OF HOPE LEGAL TEAM
“Millions of people are suffering enormously at the hands of states and armed groups, while governments are shamelessly painting the protection of human rights as a threat to security, law and order or national values”
Amnesty International 2015/2016 Report
According to the former Secretary to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, in the recent past, human rights violations and abuses have held our people down and devalued our cherished value.
(Vanguard, April 25, 2013)
Considering the above reports, cases of human rights abuse abound in Nigeria in different forms. In her position as the voice of the helpless in a country where the government care less about the rights of her citizens, Arm of Hope Foundation have been at the fore front in the fight to restore dignity to the down trodden. This could be seen in the position taken by the foundation in the following cases:
UDUAK GODWIN FRANK
Uduak Godwin, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria but resident in Port Harcourt, was falsely accused and remanded in prison custody without trial with charge number PMC /1922C/2009.
She was alleged to have killed a seven year old boy by recommending to the mother of the child to buy and administer on the boy palm kernel oil when the child was convulsing. The mother bought the palm kernel oil applied it on the child in the night when the child was convulsing and the child died thereafter. The father of the child reported Uduak to the police and she was charged for murder.
The picture above shows smiling Uduak Godwin being welcomed home by her father after she was brought home by AHF legal team
Uduak's mother rejoicing with AHF Legal Coordinator
Uduak's mother rejoicing with AHF President for returning her daughter home from prison
At the time of her arrest, she was nursing a two months old baby. The baby was handed over to her younger sister. As at the time Arm of Hope met her, she had already spent nine months in prison custody awaiting trial. AHF legal team filed an application for her bail and she was granted bail by the High Court.
Up till now, no formal charge has been brought to prosecute her.
Having nothing to hold unto after her horrific experience in prison, AHF empowered her with the sum of One Hundred Thousand Naira (₦100,000 .00) only; to startup a small scale business to enable her fend for herself and her family.
Picture above shows Uduak Godwin Frank with a cheque of One Hundred Thousand Naira given to her by AHF
Aisha Mohammed is from the northern part of Nigeria but resident in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She was falsely accused and remanded in prison custody without trial with charge number PMC/426C/2010.
In one of the usual Nigeria police alleged raid of criminal hideouts, Aisha Mohammed , her boyfriend and one Moses Zamzam were arrested and were charged to a Magistrate court for the alleged offence of cultism.
Under the Rivers State criminal system, a Magistrate has no jurisdiction to try the offence of cultism. Aisha Mohammed, Moses Zamzam and others were remanded in prison custody and the Chief Magistrate remitted the file to the Director of public prosecution for legal advice.
It was at this stage that the legal team of Arm of Hope met with Aisha and Moses Zamzam and secured their bail.
The pathetic case of Aisha was that the family of the boyfriend who was arrested with her rallied round him and secured his bail leaving Aisha in the prison.
Picture above shows Aisha Mohammed while still in detention
Picture above shows Aisha Mohammed with her mother at the police station. After securing her bail, AHF awarded her a scholarship to finish her education.
Like the above mentioned case of Aisha Mohammed, Moses Zanzan a native of Benue State but resident in Port Harcourt was arrested together with Aisha Mohammed and remanded in prison without trial with charge number PMC/426C/2010.
When the matter was reported to AHF office, our legal team swung into action and secured his bail.
He was also awarded a scholarship by AHF to finish his education.
The pictures above shows Moses Zamzam with the AHF President at the police station
In one of the prison visitations by the AHF legal team, the case of Felicia Ndupu who was remanded in prison for a long time got to their attention.
Felicia Ndupu is a widow, she borrowed from a friend to do business of second hand clothing with a promise to pay as soon as she collect or receive her late husband’s gratuity from the Nigeria Army. Due to the delay in payment of the gratuity of the husband, she was unable to pay, so the friend reported her to the police and she was charged to court. Although she was granted bail by the court she was unable to secure a surety to stand in for her, consequently, she was remanded in prison custody.
Arm of Hope secured her bail by procuring a surety and also paid the alleged debt.
After her release, AHF empowered her with the sum of One Hundred Thousand Naira (₦100,000 .00) only to enable her be independent.
KENULE NWOOBEE AND BARIKWI NWOOBEE IN SUIT No. PMC/681/10 AND YENWII NWOOBEE IN SUIT No.PMC/707/2010
Kenule and Barikwi are the children of Yenwii Nwoobee they were charged for the murder of their father and husband respectively.
The first son of Yenwii, Lenyie Nwoobee alleged that Yenwii killed his father i.e her husband in a farm settlement in Kpoor village in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State. He reported his mother to the police, at the point of arresting her by the police, Kenule and Barikwi resisted the police from arresting their mother, so they were arrested alongside their mother and charged for the murder of their father.
Through the activities of AHF’s legal team the helpless family of five (a mother and her four children) were released after spending 2 years without trial in prison custody.
After their release from prison custody, they were all empowered with Fifty Thousand Naira (₦50,000. 00) each to start life again.
Also, AHF has visited the Nwoobee family on numerous occasions to ascertain how the family is faring.
The picture above shows the Nwoobee family
Pictures above show AHF President with Yenwii Nwoobee on another visit to the family
AHF have also extended her generosity to Ahoada prisons in Rivers State, Nigeria where the inmates were given sleeping mats, bags of rice and a power generating set. These gift items were received by the chief warden of the prison.
These and many other great deeds have brought freedom to people and put smiles on the faces of the hopeless because we at Arm of Hope Foundation chose to become the voice of the voiceless.