Nigerian issues plea

Nigerian human rights lawyer Chief Gani Fawehinmi made a passionate plea for the world not to “drop its guard” over his country at the IBA opening ceremony. He was addressing almost 3000 lawyers as he received the Bernard Simons Memorial Award for advancing human rights. He has filed over 200 cases in Nigeria challenging his government, been imprisoned 27 times, had his home and chambers searched and his guards killed. Bernard Simons was a London solicitor renowned for human rights work.