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Outside the law: Nigerians turn to radio show for justice

“Hembe-lembeh!” yells Ahmad Isah, the host of Nigeria’s Brekete Family radio program. “Olo-lolo!” shouts his audience - more than 100 people who have crammed into his studio, looking for justice.

Brekete Family is a show which promises to help Nigeria’s downtrodden redress wrongs - a format, says Isah, born out of frustration in an official legal system beset by bureaucracy and mismanagement.

One of the first members of the public to speak is a man who says he was unfairly sacked. Instead of going to a tribunal, he has decided his best chance of getting his rights is to appear on the talk show, broadcast out of the capital Abuja six mornings out of seven.

Isah puts the man’s case to a government official sitting in the crowd, who promises to look into it - and the show moves on to two groups of relatives arguing over a bequest, the next in a long line of plaintiffs waiting in the wings for a hearing.

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