ENHANCING ACCESS TO JUSTICE TO THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDP’S) IN BORNO STATE: THE ROLE OF LAWYERS AND THE UNIVERSITY LAW CLINIC
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Keywords

Boko Haram
Conflict
IDP
Justice
Maiduguri

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MOHAMMED BABAKANO ALIYU, & MUHAMMAD MUSA SALEH. (2018). ENHANCING ACCESS TO JUSTICE TO THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDP’S) IN BORNO STATE: THE ROLE OF LAWYERS AND THE UNIVERSITY LAW CLINIC. Unimaid Journal of Public Law, 5(2), 216 -231. Retrieved from http://journals.unimaid.edu.ng/index.php/unimaid-journal-of-public-law/article/view/95

Abstract

Boko Haram conflict has evolved significantly in 2009 following clashes between members of the group and the Nigerian Police force. The deliberate targeting of security personnel at the beginning of the conflict and civilians members of the society has been pronounced in this conflict, contributing to acute civilian insecurity, large-scale displacement, and humanitarian crisis. As a result of that Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) camps were established by the State Government in Maiduguri, Bama, Dikwa and Banki amongst others. The IDP camps which accommodate the victims of the conflict became fertile grounds for human rights violation and abuses against women and girls in particular within the scope of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) committed the uniformed men like the police and soldiers amongst others, in concert with government officials, camp leaders and vigilante group popularly called Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF). This paper examines the reports of such violations and abuses against women and girls, the unfortunate victims of the conflicts, who reside within the formal IDP camps. The paper also critically examines the role of lawyers and University law clinic in making justice accessible to the IDP’s who are victim of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). This paper employ both doctrinal and non-doctrinal methodologies of research, has recourse to existing Literature and Reports on the subject. The study also conducts interviews with the victims and also cites interviews conducted by other authors. The paper recommends amongst others that; the government and international organization should partners with University law clinic and private lawyers wishing to render probono service to the IDP’s to enhance access to justice. 

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